Leah - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )
i know that this is a very controversial subject for moms on this site. feel free to post your opinions or beliefs if u want. i created this post mainly to clear up the fact that spanking moderately is NOT child abuse(in the state i live in) as i have heard on here many times. i am posting the laws on spanking for Arkansas in this thread because that is the state i live in and posting for every state would take up too much space. i am also posting a link for the laws o spanking in other US states so that you can view the laws in your area to see if spanking is considered abuse where u live. i haven't found sites for the other countries laws yet but if i do i will post those on here also.
[Arkansas Code Statutes]
Abuse does not include physical discipline of a child if reasonable and moderate and inflicted by a parent or guardian for restraining or correcting a child. Listed as not reasonable or moderate for correcting or restraining: -- Throwing, kicking, burning, biting, cutting, striking with a closed fist, shaking a child under 3, striking or other actions which result in any non-accidental injury to a child less than 18 months, interfering with a child's breathing, threatening a child with a deadly weapon, striking a child on the face, or any other act that is likely to cause bodily harm greater than transient pain or minor temporary marks. [Statute says this is an illustrative and not exclusive list]. Age, size, condition of the child, and the location of the injury and frequency or recurrence of injuries shall be considered in determining "reasonable" or "moderate."
§ 9-27-303(B). [Civil Code]
Parent/teacher/guardian/other with care and supervision of a minor may use reasonable and appropriate physical force when and to the extent reasonably necessary to maintain discipline or promote the welfare of the child.
§ 5-2-605(l). [Criminal Code]
If the belief that the force is necessary is a reckless or negligent belief, than the above offers no defense to a crime if the culpability of that crime is proven by showing recklessness or negligence.
Justification is not available if person recklessly or negligently injured or created a substantial risk of injury to a person.
§ 5-2-614. [Criminal Code]
Link for other US states:
u may have to copy and paste this link into the address bar to view it. after u get to this site just choose ur state to view the laws.
thank u all for visiting this thread. remember the way u discipline ur children is your decision. do not let anyone else's opinion discourage u from being a good parent to ur child. all children are different and have to be disciplined in different ways. u know ur child best. some kids need spankings some don't. and most important, do not make someone else feel bad because of their decision. those of us who do spank do not criticize u or tell u that u are wrong for not spanking ur child, so those of u who dont spank who r often quick to criticize: state ur opinion, but do not criticize. thank u all and remember, keep it civil in this thread. please do not get nasty or hateful that just makes more work for the moderators. be respectful!!!