To Whoop or Not to Whoop

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Discipline vs Abuse

There has been a lot of talk recently about child abuse and child discipline in light of a certain football player who beat his child.  And this is a topic I just couldn't stay quiet about.  First off, let me reiterate the facts first.  What Peterson did to not one, but two of his sons, was beat them.  That is not discipline.  That is not correcting their behavior.  When you break the skin on your child, that is abuse and should be treated as such. ...more
GREAT Article.  I couldn't agree more.  Children have been considered "property" for far too long.more

The Swat Heard Round the World Wasn't Heard in Texas, Apparently

So, hey. What the hell is wrong with Texas?  Not only are men spanking teenage girls, but their mothers aresorry that they complained.Oh....more

Laid Low

Self righteousness is a double edged sword. On one side it's great, because you're right, and everyone likes to be right. On the other side, you tend to be so right that you're willing to be a complete asshole to prove it. The Husband and I had been animatedly discussing discipline methods for Henry. Henry is so active and so adventurous that, even in our fairly Henry-proof home, he is an accident waiting to happen. He spent much of the afternoon seeing what kind of damage he could do to the Christmas decorations....more

I Will LOVE You Until You HATE Me... And that is OK.

I am not your friend.  I repeat… I am not your friend.  I am your mother.  It is my parental right to make you upset, angry, and frustrated.  Because you are 3 and I am 33.  Period.  However, for the sake of all those who see us in public, I will explain my actions in clear and concise terms. ...more

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Spanking and Criminal Behavior

It saddened and concerned me when I saw that nearly 109,000 people (at the time of this writing) on Facebook had "liked" the following statement: "I'd rather go to jail for spanking my kids than for them to go because I didn't." - Likey Does that mean spanked kids *never* go to jail? Or *only* unspanked kids go to jail? What the frack, people? What. the. frack. ...more
At best it's lazy parenting, at worst it's physically and emotionally harmful.  In no way is it ...more

Teachers: You Don't Have to Hit to Be Heard

Substitute teacher Gilbert Leal wants the Dallas Independent School District to reinstate corporal punishment. He’s created a new web site www.bringbacklicks.com to help further his whooping cause. ...more

April 30th Is National Spank Out Day

April 30th is National Spank Out Day. According to The Center for Effective Discipline: "SpankOut Day USA was initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior. EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children) sponsors SpankOut Day USA on April 30th of each year. All parents, guardians, and caregivers are encouraged to refrain from hitting children on this day, and to seek alternative methods of discipline through programs available in community agencies, churches and schools." ...more
At best it's lazy parenting, at worst it's physically and emotionally harmful.  In no way is it ...more

The Great Spanking Debate: "Many" kids "require a measured smack on the behind"

Before you start yelling at me, please note that I did not make the statement about children requiring a measured smack. The quote comes from a Boston Herald story about proposed legislation in Massachusetts to ban corporal punishment, including the culturally-accepted parents' right to physically discipline their own children. Evelyn Reilly, director of public policy for the Massachusetts Family Institute, urged committee members to do nothing, saying “many” kids “require a measured smack on the behind.” ...more

While I can agree with this in principle, it's hard not to see this as yet another group of ...more