Good Morning America featured a story about a movement in Massachusetts to ban spanking. The law is being considered today by Massachusetts lawmakers. Kathleen Wolf, a nurse, is the initiator of the proposed law. She believes that spanking is a form of domestic violence and should be banned. If passed this would make Massachusetts the first state to pass a ban on spanking by parents. However 29 states prohibit schools from spanking children. Currently spanking is banned in 19 countries. Wolf does not believe that parents should be jailed or fined for spanking.
Growing up I had my share of spankings. I also spent a lot of time in the corner as a young child or on restrictions as a teenager. In fact I had my own corner in kindergarten and I am probably still grounded. The practice of putting a child in the corner has been criticized in recent years. It seems that is demeaning to make a child face the wall. There are some “experts” that seem to believe it is best to only use reason with children and that some how disciplining a child is disrespectful. Children are not adults. Someone has to be in charge and in a family, parents are given that responsibility. Have you ever tired to reason with a three year old or for that matter a 13-year-old? It does not always work. Children do not naturally grow up wanting to follow the rules or understanding why rules must be followed. They take what they want and often naturally selfish. Children must be taught many things including how to behave and that there are consequences for one’s actions. I suffered no apparent long term negative effects. I did learn to follow the rules, respect my elders and that my actions have consequences. My parents spent a lot of time teaching me many things including how to behave. They did not just smack me or send me to my room; they explained the purpose for rules. They also used rewards as well.
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