Tara - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )
Not trying to bring spanking back in the spot light, but after reading the threads about biting, popping etc. and seeing some responses I was confused.
Some people don't agree with biting a child back for biting them, but readily admit to spanking their child or to believe in spanking.
Some parents will bite back (just a little bit) but don't believe in spanking.
Some parents think it's okay to spank but not slap or bite or "pop".
I truly am confused. This is mostly because I feel we should be teaching our children to learn acceptable behaviour and acceptable responses to negative actions. I don't believe in teaching retaliation but instead empathy. In order for that to happen we must give up all forms of corporal punishment and treat our kids with the same equality we extend to everyone else on the planet. We wouldn't pop someone else's kid who kicked us, hit us etc. you wouldn't slap an adult cause they slapped you. Some people will say "it works" but so what? Just cause it works doesn't make it right. And I have my own theories of why it works for some parents.