Marta - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 368 moms have responded )
Both of my boys are very independent, free spirited children with tonnes of energy. My oldest has grown out of the purposeful disrespect stage and has now entered the absent-minded stage so a time out or a quick "Michal!" in a loud voice tends to do it (finally!) but, his little brother is in the full blown terrible two's. We spank our kids and I really don't feel bad about it! I mean, it sucks--don't get me wrong it's not like I enjoy it--but my kids know that when mommy and daddy give them a spank they mean business! In fact, we hardly ever have to spank anymore because they understand that misbehaving after mommy and daddy have instructed them, given them time out and taken away a toy or privelege means they get spanked...and who would want that? We will never get in the way of their creativity or imaginative play but we will continue spanking if all else has been exhausted.
I know that a lot of you are against spanking, smacking, tapping (whatever you want to call it) but have you ever experienced a child purposefully disrespect you and your authority over and over again consecutively? When my kids are teenagers and they disrespect me verbally or otherwise darn right they're gonna get it; I know I did and I turned out pretty well.