We instituted a policy with our girls, though we’re not always consistent with it, that whoever hits back will receive a harsher punishment than the original offender. She who retaliates will get a longer timeout. The words, “But she hit me first,” were all the confession we needed. (In this system I guess you’re better off striking first.) This is an attempt to help them see that our hearts, darkened as they are with sin, are bent towards revenge.
I wanted to share this with tomorrow's final Sad Songs post, but it just didn't quite fit the mood. Funny stuff, though. Compare these "horrifying new verses" with the final lines of Psalm 137, which I'll post about tomorrow.