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Spanking: What Is Proper Protocol These Days?
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I don't know about you. But when I was a child, bare-butt spankings were not only accepted, but I'm pretty sure they were encouraged. My mother once threatened me with a giant, wooden pizza cutting board and I was too scared of that thing to misbehave. She never followed through on her threats, but just the fear of it kept me in line. So I ask you, is spanking abuse or is it the only effective form of discipline?

The topic of spanking is fairly controversial in parenting circles. Some people hate it, some people feel they have no choice. I, personally, am not a huge fan of giving (or receiving) spankings, but I admit that I too have spanked my children as a last resort. Should I be locked up and sent to prison for child abuse? I don't think so. I believe that when you are so angry and frustrated that you lose control of yourself, is when a simple swat on the butt turns into something worse. So please, if you are reading this, the next time you feel so angry at your little monster that you feel like you will beat them soon, take a deep breath and walk away to cool off. Your child does not need to suffer because they are trying to gain independence the only way they know how.

That being said, I think a simple swat on the butt is an effective discipline tool as a last resort. But when you leave a hand print on your baby's butt, you've gone too far. So I'm pretty sure that most of our parents have spanked us at one point or another (or a ton of times) during our childhood. Most of us have turned out fine with no mental reprecussions whatsoever.

When you spank, however, there should be rules in place. You need to use spanking as a form of discipline instead of using it during times of anger and frustration. Such as when it is bedtime and your toddler keeps on coming out of their room, a swat on the butt tells them that if they do that again, they get a swat on the butt. It reinforces better behavior. But if its the tenth time you've brought them back their room and you slap their butt because you are so angry at them, that is anger spanking. This only tells them that they can get a rise out of mommy or daddy or it could tell them that mommy or daddy have anger towards them and in turn make them feel insecure and act out even more next time.

There are other forms of discipline that can be used which could tell you that spanking is not the most effective use of discipline. Time outs are a great way to get your point across. You could take something away. You could keep them inside when they want to play outside. There are so many things you could do. That spanking just seems like such a harsh punishment for the crime.

I definitely do not think that spankings (if used sparingly and gentle enough) are a form of child abuse. I do, however, think that you should exhaust all alternatives before resorting to this kind of discipline. I hope this helps with your discipline questions somewhat. I wish you the best. Peace.


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