Spare The Rod And Spoil The Child

What does the idiom “Spare The Rod And Spoil The Child” mean?


It is necessary to physically punish children in order to raise them right.

For example:

“Marlena is to permissive with her children. Spare the rod and spoil the child, I say.”


This is a proverb. It’s rather old-fashioned now; child development authorities consider whipping physical abuse.