The Spanking Debate

There has always been a debate on whether or not parents should spank their kids. Some people say it's good discipline and others believe it's too harsh. Personally, my mother tried spanking me once and cried doing it. After that she never did it again, but I was (and still am) a good child so I rarely got punished. A new study conducted by Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of Psychology at Calvin College, found that young children who are spanked by their parents grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit. The research also claims that they are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to college moreso than those who have never been physically disciplined. Spanking is actually illegal in twenty European countries and in the U.S. spanking laws vary by state. Personally, I'm not sure the results of this research is true for all cases and am a bit skeptical of the study. I am interested to hear what people think about this.

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  1. I got the woodenspoon/switch(a peachtree limb) treatment. Yes it stung and I cried, but it made me think twice before I decided to jump into something. Its the shame of being spanked; now there are those parents that take it a step too far. Spanking should not result in bruising or broken limbs, just a nice rosie color on the bottom.
    Think of it: What if we could make all those executives and politicians who are found corrupt (or anyone that affects your life in a negative way), go to the peachtree and pick a switch (limb) or grab a wooden spoon, make them pull down there pants bend over and go to town. Of course this would be a public switching.;) Would the shame have an effect?

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