Leah - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 124 moms have responded )
Just wondering what other moms opinions are on spanking? Just to give a little background on me, I was spanked constantly as a child, the old pants down, laid over my dads knee, wacked several times sorta situation. I for sure learned my lesson at the time but this has hardened my relationship with my father. We still get along but its hard to forget the feeling. When I had children, I was on the fence about spanking. Now that my oldest is 3 1/2, I have a better understanding. I'm not too sure if what I do is considered spanking, there are too many variations and too many opinions that it makes it hard to catagorize. When my daughter gets out of control and is in danger of hurting herself, her 9 month old brother or is damaging anything (throwing things, knocking over chairs etc), I give her one firm smack on the butt in order to get her attention and then place her in a time out. I find this always works. It is only done in a situation that needs it and I have only done it a handful of times in her life (less then 10X). She is generally a very well behaved little girl but in the situations that need something other than me chasing her around the house for an hour trying to get her into a time out, this is the method I use. I never lay her over my knee and wack her bare butt like my dad did to me and we always discuss it after she calms down about why I had to in the first place. Does anyone have any other view points on this subject? I am looking for a respectful, well mannered debate and for everyone to repect each others opinions.