Dad Squad: Spanking

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From Beef Vegan: 

Were you spanked growing up? Oh yeah. Spanked, hit will a wooden and metal spoon, and made to kneel on a tray of rice.

Did you spank your kids when they were young? I have done a little spank on the butt, but now I find that I get more results by making my daughter go to timeout and such.

What do you think about spanking now?  Should it be each parents’ decision or should it be against the law? I think there is a huge difference between spanking and what Adrian Peterson did. With that said, I believe with time over time we have learned that there are other options that may work better.


From Alex: 

Were you spanked growing up?  Yes by both parents, with a belt, hand, paddle and hot wheel tracks.

Did you spank your kids when they were young?  Yes and no.. Each child is very different and for one it may work fine and for another it may not affect them at all so you need to  know your child.

What do you think about spanking now? Should it be each parents’ decision or should it be against the law? Very hard to let someone else dictate how to raise , praise or discipline your child.  I feel that all parents should have to complete some type of parenting course that is regulated on a national level or pay a fine or higher insurance.. Discipline is an every day 24hr job.. many times if your child does something that requires a spanking , something  slipped through the cracks before they committed the deed..

I just want to say that the child has to have respect for the parent and sometime that comes from fear of the consequence for their actions.. When Parents ask me for help with their kids because they don't listen I find that the discipline that they lack is because the kids did not get the boundaries from the parents way before they got to me!


From Matt: 

Were you spanked growing up? No, I was never spanked.

Did you spank your kids when they were young? No, I have never spanked my kids.

What do you think about spanking now? Should it be each parents’ decision or should it be against the law? I could never condone an act of violence on a child. The question really is -- is spanking an act of violence, or a measure of discipline. To me, the difference is one of mindset ... If you're acting out of frustration or on-impulse, then that is an act of violence. If you're going to say that it's a measure of discipline, then the adult is being thoughtful and RESPONSIBLE for his or her actions. A little slap on the tuchus is different from taking a child out for a beating. It's up to the adult to know where the line is -- and to stay FAR AWAY FROM IT. If in doubt, it's abuse as far as I'm concerned.