What is your take on spanking a child?
Is it abuse or discipline? For those who agree with spanking your child, where do you draw the line?
Well, that depends on what sort of spanking you are talking about. If you are referring to a "Mommy Dearest" beating with a wire hanger, that's out of the question. Also unacceptable is spanking with a back brush, a giant wooden spoon, electrical cords, razor strops, and any other device you hold onto.
However, a smack or two on the bottom with your hand to focus and redirect should suffice. Beating a child beyond this simple disciplinary action only serves to teach the child that you are bigger and stronger than they are and that you can bring them pain. Plus, if you were looking for that child to be open and honest with you in the future, well, not likely. They will shut you out.
As a father I think it would have to depend not only on the severity of the child's offense, but on the child's attitude when they were committing the wrong. A child who accidentally breaks something doesn't deserve a spanking; conversely if the child broke it intentionally and maliciously, then perhaps a spanking is necessary, especially if the child continuously disobeys.
I think when a child is a toddler, it is impossible to reason with them, and a swat can be appropriate to give them notice that something is off limits. I do not believe in spanking an older child. If you have to cause a child physical pain to get them to behave, you've already lost the battle.
We raised two children without spanking and they are delightful, productive people adults.
You don't spank your friends when you disagree with their behaviour or opinions, you talk to them and clear out the matter.
Children, however younger and less able to argue, are exactly the same, if not more, like friends. They should be taught to discuss things, be explained why certain things are wrong and should learn to reason and be reasoned with.
A spanking gives the same signal for everything they do wrong: I painted the wall with my crayon - > spank, I brushes my teeth with glue -> spank, I put flour in mom's bed -> spank... They don't learn from that, they only become afraid to do anything at all.
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