A BRIEF NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF CHILDREARING: In retrospect, it is hard to believe that the punishment box was even legal, let alone that it was regarded as the best way to discipline an unruly child. First introduced in the fall of 2006, this coffin-like item came in several sizes but invariably gave the child no room to move its arms or legs. The device's air holes were designed to let in oxygen but no light, and its lid was thoroughly soundproofed; thus rendered blind, silent, and immobile, a misbehaving boy or girl could be kept in the box for hours at a time. Widely used for nearly a decade, the boxes soon inspired furious opposition; after a few widely publicized deaths, they were banned.
Most people don't realize it, but PBCorp began its corporate life as a manufacturer of punishment boxes. These disreputable origins are rarely mentioned today, when the company regularly wins awards for its contributions to humane childcare. It was PBCorp, after all, that developed the safety box, a ubiquitous part of children's lives since 2015. It's still uncertain how a manufacturer of a cruel disciplinary instrument turned to producing these slightly smaller and utterly indispensable tools of child protection; someday, one hopes, the full story of this inspiring transformation will be told.
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