Spanking as a last resort discipline method?

Debbie - posted on 09/08/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




What's your opinion/experience on this? Would you use an implement? Would you use it on older kids, like pre-teen and early teen, when they are the most unruly and disrespectful? Appreciate your answers.


Jodi - posted on 09/08/2013




I wouldn't do it at all. If you hit an adult it is called assault. I fail to see how it is different just because it is your child. Discipline does not need to include physically assaulting a child.

With regard to using an implement, where I live, you'd be charged with child abuse. Just as you would if you hit an older child. If they are unruly and disrespectful there are other, more logical, more respectful ways of managing that. Hitting a child because they are disrespectful is hypocritical, because hitting is also disrespectful.

My children have been taught that hitting is NEVER okay, EVER. Even if another kid hits them, it is NEVER okay to hit. Even if that kid deserved it, it is NEVER okay to hit. Violence solves absolutely nothing. It is aggressive and unnecessary. So for that reason, I choose not to be a hypocrite.

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