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How does one raise a family of happy children? Some people believe that you really can't love a child too much, while others think the carrot and the stick method works best and yet a third group adheres to the old adage of spare the rod, spoil the child. As I get older, and hopefully a little wiser, I tend to believe there is much to be said for the self fulfilling prophecy. If you love a child, expect the child to behave and perform to the best of his or her abilities and to become a team player, then you treat the child in that manner and the child will act accordingly. Of course there are always a few exceptions to every rule, but in general experience has convinced me this is the way to go.

So why am I talking about raising children in an announcement for a show about homeowner associations? Because the relationship between an association and its members tends to mirror that of a parent and a child. And in the case of associations, it is the spare the rod, spoil the child doctrine that seems to be the preferred method of ensuring compliance. But should associations be in the business of punishing the members for deemed infractions of the rules? When have we become such a punitive people? And is this really the way we want to live?

On The Commons with us this week is Frank Short. Frank is an attorney, friend, staunch advocate for the individual and a frequent and popular guest. We will be talking about punishments in general, and fines in particular. Please join us On The Commons this Saturday. We'll talk about whether the punishments associations mete out fit the crimes and particularly what the courts have to say about the "stick" associations believe they can't live without, called a fine.  Download Frank Short
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