Do you think it is okay to spank (not abuse) your child in public?

Debra - posted on 12/19/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )




Okay, so it was earlier this year, Noah was 8 and Sam was 6.

I had to go shopping at the shopping center for birthday presents and had no one to babysit for me, so I had to take the children along. They both know to behave in public and Noah was being very well behaved as he usually was. But while shopping, Sam continued on and having a tantrum over seeing a doll that she wanted.

I asked Sam to stop and warned her that we were here for gifts and not to shop for ourselves, but Sam persist still. I then warned her once more that if she continued again, we would go to the bathroom.

I thought she had stopped but very quickly started asking for something else and getting another tantrum, so I took Sam by the hand to the bathroom but they were all occupied. I took Sam down onto a bench next to the toilet, put her over my knee and spanked her on her shorts while Noah stood with the trolly.

So I ask for your opinion, is spanking your child in public like this okay?


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/20/2013




I'm sorry, but at 6 years old, the child should more than understand the word NO. And she should also understand when you tell her to stop certain behaviours.

I wouldn't have spanked, I would have removed the child from the store and rescinded privileges of going to the store with me. And I would have done so immediately.

Gena - posted on 12/20/2013




I agree with Jodi,you shouldnt spank at all.I never spank my child,if he does something wrong i tell him that it was wrong and not nice.Spanking allows a child to think its ok to hit somebody if they did something wrong and that is not ok.Its also illegal in many places to spank a child.

Jodi - posted on 12/19/2013




I don't think it is ok to spank your children full stop. After all, if they were adults it would be assault. But because they are smaller than us, it isn't? How does that work?

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