Anyway, I don’t expect many young parents nowadays to keep canes in their homes. As far as I know, they are all ‘civilized’ and adopt liberal western techniques of disciplining children. I suppose they all adopt the NTUC principle, which my children picked up from a Comfort taxi driver – Never to Use Cane!
Hence I was quite surprised to see several canes on sale at a hardware shop in Clementi recently. Later, I found that actually many shops carry this product - which must be proof that many young parents still bought them. I do hope their aiming is not better than mine.
Lest you think I am emulating my own parents, I should inform you that my mother never used a cane on us. She used this other item which I also saw at the same Clementi shop.
In fact, when she lost her temper, she used anything that came in handy; including chopsticks and papaya leaves :(