Hotsaucing is the act of disciplining a child by putting hot sauce on the tongue. The practice gained notoriety from a 2000 book, Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline, by Lisa Whelchel. Whelchel is most famous for having played Blair Warner on the 1980s TV sitcom The Facts of Life. In the book, Whelchel claims the practice is more effective and humane than traditional corporal punishments, such as spanking.
Hotsaucing does not have many supporters among medical, parenting, or religious communities. Depending upon the brand of hot sauce and the amount used, it is possible for hotsaucing to cause medical emergencies such as organ damage and allergic reactions.
- ReligiousTolerance.org on hotsaucing. Includes many references against and for the practice
- Washington Post on hotsaucing