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Let the punishment fit the crime

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I'm an old-school mother who is reluctant to condone the modern school of spank-free parenting. Not that I enjoy handing out a spanking or two once my little one starts her meltdown routine. But as a single mother who works full-time, I guiltily admit I cannot afford a rod-free disciplinary method in order to ensure she grows up rational, conscientious and with self-esteem. 

With Thai culture having its own version of the proverb "spare the rod and spoil the child", Thai people in the days of yore surely understood the necessity of firm discipline, as well as a system of punishments and rewards that some modern parents condemn, considering it is the source of our culture of bribing and blackmailing. Thai people are aware that you need to tie the cattle and spank the child if you love them. This long-cherished proverb should imply that we understand that if we want to prevent someone from continuing their evil deeds, punishment is needed.

Looking at the legal code reveals the peculiar nature of Thai laws that seem so lenient with punishment. Consider the maximum charge for an offence. The punishments for some offences are incredibly petty compared to the amount of damage such offences can cause, or have caused.

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