Patricia Gannon: Spare the rod, spoil the child

Some experts may disagree, but society could use a visit to the woodshed.

A recent study by Southern Methodist University Professor George Holden has singled out the South as the last bastion of spanking.

“A lot of parents, particularly in the South, think of it as a good technique to use. They were reared that way so they’ve developed this fundamental belief that spanking is the way to teach people right or wrong,” he stated.

It is, as evidenced by the fact that Southerners are generally quite well-behaved.

The American Psychological Association Journal of Family Psychology goes on to say that SMU used audio recording devices to track the behavior of parents with their children and found that adults spanked regardless of how many academics were listening. The magnitude of the mischief also didn’t seem to matter, and parents applying the palm of their hand did not discriminate. The study concluded since the misbehavior often occurred again within 10 minutes, it proved spanking is ineffective. It could also simply mean the person doing the spanking’s not doing it right.

On behalf of the South, there is empirical evidence that spanking works. For instance, there’s Tyler Perry in “Madea’s One Big Happy Family,” who tells her permissive daughter she’s going to have a talk with “the chirren,” but instead backhands them out of their back-talking with several well-deserved slaps. Warning, parental caution advised: It’s rewind-worthy.

However, as with all studies, you should consider the source. Southern Methodist University, for those hazy on its location, is in Texas, a state long noted for its own particular brand of discipline.

Such as firing warning shots over your head.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Jolie’s hosts wine tasting

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Jolie’s Bistro hosted a sneak preview of their new wines-by-the-glass, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the season.

Serving select guests and studying for his level one sommelier was Jolie’s Tanner Ducote, who’s already fluent in winespeak.

“What we’re doing is tasting through our spring and summer wine menu,” said Ducote, pouring some Prieto Picudo from Tierra de Leone. “It’s similar to tempranillo but more fruit forward.”

The very nice crowd included Gwen and John Foreman, good sports Todd and Meg Mourain, and April LeBlanc and Julie Underwood, who found the cheese board delicious. Not far off, Beth and Gerald Guilbeaux celebrated not only the advent of summer, but their anniversary. We can’t think of a better reason to raise a glass.Victoria Spring Tea

The hats were so spectacular, we just couldn’t stop.

Victoria held its spring tea at the 108 Valerie home of Gina Foster to coincide with Queen Victoria’s birthday and their new members’ celebration. Besides, any time’s a good time for a crown and sporting hers still was the current Queen Victoria Tish Johnson.

“Do you think any of us take a bath without it?” said one past queen.

There was more champagne than tea and enjoying theirs were President Teresa Meza, Ann Knight, FĂȘte fans Peggy Grace and Becky Welch, fashion twins Bonnie Pierce and Katie Clark, Francophone Brenda Comeaux Trahan and the incomparable Carolyn French.

What we loved: Betsy Benoit’s black jacket dress and Jeanne Cornay’s Paris travelogue, where not only did her husband, Louis, slip and break his leg in Montmartre, but Carolyn French’s husband twisted his ankle as well. Ladies, leave those men at home.