It usually makes me happy given the way children act these days.
If it is a scolding or even a spanking I'm with the parents.
But, of course, it can go too far.
One day I caught a little boy of about 7 in one of our strawberry fields.
I took him home so that I could explain to the parents that it is dangerous for him to be eating berries from fields that had been sprayed with insecticide only 2 days earlier.
The mother answered the door and I introduced myself. She already knew who I was when she heard my last name, because it is advertised.
Before I could say a thing she seized the boy up by the arm and yelled at him as loud as she could "You were stealing berries weren't you?".
He sheepishly nodded the affirmative. She backhanded him so hard he almost fell down, he would have if she hadn't been gripping his arm.
I said "Man please it is just a berry there is no reason to get so upset!"
She shoved the boy into the house yelling "I'll deal with you later you little thief!"
She asked how much damage he had done opening her purse.
I explained that there wasn't any monetary damage and that my only concern was for his health.
She told me that her son would soon learn his lesson and wouldn't be in our fields again.
I again told her that he hadn't done any damage and that we understand how tempting all those big red berries are.
She didn't seem to be loosing any steam and all I could do was bid her good day and say not to go to hard on him.
We have all seen parents over react to small things but far more often they under react or do nothing at all.
I am probably in the minority believing that corporal punishment should have been left in schools. But I saw it do far more good than harm.