Joe Jackson Says Parents Today Are Too ‘Soft’ On Their Kids
The late Michael Jackson often documented his strained relationship with his father Joe and blamed much of their dysfunctional father-son bond on the fact that papa Joe was quick to the put them paws on Michael and the rest of his brothers frequently back in the day.
Joe has always stood by his claims that it was his rear end rearing that turned MJ into the superstar that he became, and now he’s even saying that today’s parents could learn a thing or two from the way that he raised his clan.
via The Grio
Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the infamous Jackson family of performers, argued that parents today are too “soft” when it comes to disciplining their kids, on a recent episode of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.
“Yeah, they are too soft. One of the reasons I say that is because kids nowadays are killing their parents in some cases,” Jackson said. “Let’s get into this ‘beating’ thing. There’s no such thing as ‘beating a kid.’ You whip them or punish them over something they did, and they will remember that. And they’ll remember it in such a way that they won’t do it again. That’s the way I was.”
Jackson has been accused of beating and physically abusing his children in the past, most notably by the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
His father admitted spanking his son but always denied that he crossed the line.
“I whipped him with a switch and a belt…I never beat him. You beat someone with a stick,” Joe Jackson told the BBC in 2003.
From what we know of the story, most would agree that papa Joe went overboard with the beatings when it came to his kids, but does he have a point about today’s parents lacking the gut to discipline their kids altogether?