In some parts of the U.S. isn't it "illegal" to spank your children? Not that the government has any control over what parents do in the privacy of their homes, but I heard it is illegal in some parts...
Can anyone confirm this?
I guess I come from a more "traditional" upbringing in that spanking is not a bad thing, granted some idiots of parents can easily get out of control. I went to a private elementary school where the school had the parents' permission to administer corporal punishment if deemed necessary. I think a wooden spoon was the utensil used. I never heard of anyone getting hit when I went there, but I think just seeing that spoon in the principal's office put the fear of God into us.
Anyway, I don't see anything wrong whatsoever with parents (perhaps not school officials) spanking their children in a very controlled, non-excessive manner. When it gets out of hand, it becomes abuse and then there is a major problem.
After all, spanking is an age-old practice which has yielded generations of well behaved children. There is a difference between today’s general kid population and the children from 40 years ago. The children of yesteryear were much more respectful towards authority. They knew what it meant to be obedient, respectful and well behaved. Obviously kids will be kids, but children today, for the most part, lack the discernment of time and place. Those of us old enough to have been raised by the traditional means will recall being taught, “there is a time and place for everything”. The same generalization cannot be used for today’s adolescents. Something has changed, and although I wouldn’t completely attribute the downturn in behavior to the decline in corporal punishment, I would go so far as to say poor parenting plays a major role in the decline.
Just my bit…
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