So there was this weird little article on some British “news” site about the benefits of spanking.
Yeah. You read that right.
Benefits? To spanking?
Apparently if you spank your TWO YEAR OLD he or she will do better in school.
While this may or may not be true the benefits of spanking (which I still doubt) do not in ANY way outweigh the negatives.
Were you spanked as a child? I was. I was spanked until I was about thirteen years old. And while I don’t vividly recall any one particular incident I do remember feeling humiliated. Spanking only shows the child that physical violence against another person is acceptable as long as you are doing it with love. Wait. That doesn’t sound right. If you love someone why would you EVER hit them?
And I’m not talking about a little swat on the hand. I’m talking about spanking. You know the difference so don’t try to split hairs with me on a technicality.
I’m sure that my generation’s parents were spanked (and possibly worse) and they ‘turned out okay.’ And my parents spanked my sister and me and we ‘turned out okay.’ Really? Is OKAY enough for us?
And what if your child hits another child? How do you discipline him/her for this behavior? If spanking is your go-to method of discipline doesn’t this create a ‘do as I say not as I do’ scenario?
And that, my friends, is lose-lose. Violence begats violence.