Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Spanking Isn't A Big Deal

We all tried that. It just makes them more angry.
  I am glad I didn't have kids at 18. Even at 20. The fact is most people don't have what they need to provide their children with their best at that age. One of the things most of us don't have at that age is patience. Patience is the key to not making slapping your child across the face a wonderful past-time. Speaking of hitting children is it okay? CNN has released an article on this topic. Every blog in America has reused these same exact stats a million times. I will leave the link at the bottom if you want to read it. Let me break it down.
         Almost all kids between three and four years old have been spanked. Three quarters of mothers in America think it's okay to spank children between one and three. This is wonderful news! Spank away people! Let's just drop in with Psychology Today for a quick second and see what they say?
         They have released several articles on the topic. In their articles they define spanking children as "physical punishment". Which they say is "the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience bodily pain or discomfort". Well that would be beating. Spanking, as a scare tactic, helps establish fear of punishment. This is necessary when we get older to keep us from breaking the law.
        To spank or not to spank. It's up to the parent. Most Americans do. Most children get spanked. Most people are good. This just goes to show us how sometimes science, reports, and studies don't always have the right answer. This is just one man's opinion.

The CNN article is here.

The Psychology Today article I quoted from is here.