Spanked Children Are Happy Children
Posted on 01.04.10 by Danny Glover @ 3:21 pm

News that will not make loony liberal Joy Behar happy: “Young children spanked by their parents may grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit.”

A psychology professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., reached that conclusion in a study of 2,600 children, a fourth of whom had never been spanked. “The claims made for not spanking children fail to hold up. They are not consistent with the data,” said Marjorie Gunnoe, the study’s author. “I think of spanking as a dangerous tool, but there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You just don’t use it for all your jobs.”

Her statement reflects the enlightened redneck view of physical discipline.

I was particularly intrigued by the conclusion that spanking children older than 6 and into adolescence may lead to more behavioral problems. That makes sense to me. The reality is that if parents will physically discipline their toddlers when warranted, they typically won’t need to discipline their children as often as they get older, when other forms of punishment such as withholding privileges like television or videogame time are more effective.


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  1. Child buttock-battering vs. DISCIPLINE:

    Child buttock-battering for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit.

    Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit.

    I think the reason why television shows like “Supernanny” and “Dr. Phil” are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do.

    There are several reasons why child bottom-slapping isn’t a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals:

    Plain Talk About Spanking
    by Jordan Riak,

    The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
    by Tom Johnson,

    NO VITAL ORGANS THERE, So They Say
    by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.

    Most compelling of all reasons to abandon this worst of all bad habits is the fact that buttock-battering can be unintentional sexual abuse for some children. There is an abundance of educational resources, testimony, documentation, etc available on the subject that can easily be found by doing a little research with the recommended reads-visit http://www.nospank.net.

    Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child bottom-slapping isn’t a good idea:

    American Academy of Pediatrics,
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
    Center For Effective Discipline,
    PsycHealth Ltd Behavioral Health Professionals,
    Churches’ Network For Non-Violence,
    Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
    Parenting In Jesus’ Footsteps,
    Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children,
    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    In 26 countries, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    Comment by PDeverit — January 4, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

  2. The vast majority of professionals agree that child buttock-battering isn’t healthy. A marginal few (mostly religious fundamentalists) think that child bottom-slapping is good. They use the same selective literalist interpretation of the Bible as was used to justify “witch”-burning, depraved torture methods for those accused of sin and heresy, slavery, racism, wife-beating, oppression of women and a host of other social ills.

    Comment by PDeverit — January 4, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

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