I try not to be judgmental about different parenting styles from my own, I really do, but when it comes to spanking, I'm just flummoxed. I can sympathize if you're overcome, in a moment of rage, by the impulse to hit, and you give in. I know I've been pushed to the limits more than once, and although I'd never sanction it, I can see losing your temper so completely that you hit before coming to your senses.
Some of my earliest memories are of being in church with my family laying on the floor, trying to figure out which people belonged to the shoes in my view. Spanking is a hot topic in my family, and in our society. There is a big difference between discipline and punishment, and my hope is that understanding a new way of rearing children will reduce spanking.
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I knew some parents who really beat the hell out of their kids. Anyone else remember this? Seems like when I was a kid, you could'nt go to a meeting without hearing screams of pain from either the b room or the bathrooms.
I still feel the humiliation and embarrassment when I think about being spanked as a child, because more than anything, it was humiliating and embarrassing, definitely two emotions that no parent wants their child to feel. Do I think that my mother was wrong to spank me? But that was a different generation, so I cut my mother some slack there.
This week a study was released saying when children are disciplined using harsh physical punishment like spanking, they are at higher risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health problems -- even if they aren't otherwise abused or maltreated. This is scary, because I just recently read an article in the Boston Globe that said that 70 percent of Americans think that spanking is sometimes necessary -- and 90 percent of parents of toddlers spank them. Ninety percent?
Usually with the wooden spoon, though I remember having to go pick my own switch more than once. I feel like it always went oldest to youngest, but I may just be making that up. Last was the worst, with all the anticipation.
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