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  Cristina
Jul 18, 2011
 

Is spanking a child an appropriate punishment?

 
I've been curious as to what the majority people (parents and youths alike) feel about spanking a child as a form of punishment. I'll leave what spanking means and covers in terms of physical contact up to you guys. But let's say it's somewhere between the two extremes of psychical abuse and a tap on the head...

 

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  october   I got spanked as a kid and I dont think its had any long lasting effects on me. I guess it depends on the amount and severity of the spanking. I didnt like it, but i sure didnt do it again, whatever i

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Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 2:28:14 PM  

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  pundit   I just saw a parent punishing a child at the mall using spanking and the child was so embarrassed that they seemed like evil was brewing in their eyes for what they could do worse.

Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:51:54 PM
 

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  barry63   When my grandson was 3, his dad asked him if he wanted a spanking and he said "yes" not realizing what it was...that was an eye opener for us....he's 18 now and i don't think he ever was spanked.

Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 1:43:18 PM
 

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  Meistro1980   One point I need to make about my previous statement....."DO NOT LAUGH at your child! If you try this. It may seem funny, but, it is not intended to embaress them! It is effective in 2 way's ....you

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Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 7:41:21 AM
 

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  Meistro1980   When my son was approx. 1 1/2 (walking but, almost out of diaper's) I did spank him on the behind. The one pat he received was enough for me. The sound scared me and it woke him up. I felt awful.

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Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 7:22:08 AM
 

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  pundit   Punishment itself isnt effective. Punishment curtails behavior because its shaming, not because the child has learned. So they learn to fear the person, not internalize what they could be doing differently.

Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 8:35:19 PM
 

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  barry63   Thanks Maria...Hitting children is never okay. I think it teaches hitting as a way to resolve conflict.

Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 11:38:50 AM
 

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  jared   Cristinia, its a brave question you are posting and I'm really glad to see it. Many parents wouldnt ask this question but many are curious about it, especially those who grew up in an era where corporal

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Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 5:58:47 AM
 

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  Maria   Never. As frustrated as a parent may become with their child misbehaving, laying a mean hand on a child shows a total lack of self-control, devalues the child, and promotes anger. The idea of spanking

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Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:23:33 PM
 

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