Jaime - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )
I have been thinking about this a lot lately, and I'm curious to know if anyone else is friends with someone that believes in spanking their children as a form of discipline? How does it affect your friendship? Do you often find yourself frustrated at the end of a visit because you and your friend usually end up in a heated discussion about the 'rights and wrongs' of it? Do you have to bite your tongue a lot? Do you think it puts negative pressure on your friendship, or do you think it's a matter of just learning to accept the differences and focus more on the similarities you share? Do you think you have a strong friendship or do you find yourself questioning the bond you have considering your parenting methods are so vastly different?
I know, a lot of questions in one conversation. Feel free to answer them all or only one or share your thoughts. I ask because I have a friend that is a strong advocate for spanking and uses it quite freely...and not as a last resort either. I care about my friend and I find that we have some good laughs and great conversation, but we vastly disagree on this one important topic and I just wonder if it's my attitude that needs to change about it or if she needs to consider that there are better alternatives to her discipline methods?