Spanking-themed Nursery Rhymes

Spanking-themed songs and chants for children were legion back in the day. There were so many, and today, we’re going to try dredging up a few of them to cheer you up during these dog days of summer.

If you remember other nursery rhymes that we should have here, let’s get them written down. Your input is needed!!!

Lessons learned here: don’t steal pigs (which I would assume is not an easy thing to do in the first place; don’t sit in hot ashes; birth control is important, but hitting children alleviates the frustration caused by rampant fertility; don’t laugh at your friend’s misfortunes or the consequences won’t be karmic, they’ll be corporal punishment.  Hmmm…reflect on this, and let’s assess what’s we’re really learning here or teaching children here.

Let’s start with Tom Tom the Piper’s Son (1905)

Tom, Tom, the piper’s son,

Stole a pig, and away did run;

The pig was eat

And Tom was beat,

And Tom went crying

Down the street

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (1794)

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

Went up the bill,

To fetch a pail of water;

Jack fell down,

And broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after. 


When Jill came in,

How she did grin

To see Jack’s paper plaster;

Her mother, vexed,

Did spank her next,

For laughing at Jack’s disaster.

There Was a Little Girl

There was a little girl

There was a little girl, and she had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead;

When she was good she was very, very good,

But when she was bad she was horrid.

One day she went upstairs, while her parents, unawares,

In the kitchen were occupied with meals;

And she stood upon her head, on her little truckle-bed,

And then began hurraying with her heels.

Her mother heard the noise, and thought it was the boys

A-kicking up a rumpus in the attic;

But when she climbed the stair and saw Jemima there,

She took her up and spanked her most emphatic.

Little Polly Flinders

Little Polly Flinders
Sat among the cinders,
Warming her pretty little toes.

Mother came and caught her,
And whipped her little daughter
For spoiling her nice new clothes.


Clearly it was the girls who were the trouble back in the day, and boys were blameless. This may explain our Dear Leader who runs this country. But like it or not, there was a lot of whipping, Spanking, and switching going on back in the day. 

So just so we can conclude with a story about a boy getting his bottom whipped, let’s reflect on the famous “Tale of Peter Rabbit.” As I was browsing @SirInTraining’s Tumblr, I saw this pic, and thought, there must be a story behind this pic. 

In The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, first published in 1904, Peter’s cousin Benjamin Bunny brings him back to Mr. McGregor’s garden and they retrieve the clothes Peter lost in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. But after they gather onions to give to Peter’s mother, they are captured by Mr. McGregor’s cat. Benjamin’s father arrives and rescues them, but also reprimands Peter and Benjamin for going into the garden by whipping them with a switch.”



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