To Whoop or Not to Whoop

Do you whoop your kids?...more

The Misconception of Spanking

I am not a NFL fan. I don't watch football. I am European. But the recent headlines of domestic violence hit home nevertheless. First, Ray Rice's contract was terminated as a result of him punching his fiancee unconscious (or should I say the public outcry over the video led to his termination). Then Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child....more

New Kansas Law Could Allow Spanking of Children that Causes Redness and Bruising: Say What?

A few months ago, I was at a "mommy's night" house party with some women I don't know very well. As the wine flowed, so did the conversation, each of us bringing to the table our recent anecdotes, exciting stories and frustrations. At some point, one of the women started in on how much her children were annoying her lately. She related stories of back talk, open defiance and sibling in-fighting, and we all nodded our heads sympathetically. Then she said something that made my blood run cold: "My hand actually hurts from all the spankings I've had to give lately." ...more
I am not comfortable with spanking. I it would be a cold day in hell before I let a school hit ...more

To Spank or Not to Spank? A Squirrel Satire

Once upon a time there lived frazzled Mama Squirrel who, one day, took her two baby squirrels to the nearby playground to get out their chitters and squeaks in the fresh air so she wouldn't be a complete nutcase by dinnertime....more
Thanks! I was in love with the photos too. My daughter is mildly obsessed with squirrels and ...more

To Spank or Not to Spank: What you didn’t see on today’s episode of “Bethenny”

Today, the episode of “Bethenny” that Kari from A Grace Full Life and I attended as part of the trip I won to NYC aired.  During the show, there was a discussion about whether or not you should spank your children.Melissa Gorga mentioned that her grandmother used to chase her around with a wooden spoon.  It was something that immediately resonated with me.  Which is why I raised my hand and added my experience to the conversation....more

Part 2: Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids

 This post is written in an effort to clarify some of the questions and concerns raised in my recent blog featured on Mamapedia titled Three Reasons to Stop Spanking Kids. Below are a few of the more common, constructive misconceptions:...more

The Swat Team

When Sweet Babou and I brought forth from our gametes the miracle of a cute daughter, we were glad we had decided not to spank. Corporal punishment has proven repeatedly to be no more effective than other punishments and there are scary articles all over the place saying you suck if you do it. We thought, “There is no compelling reason to spank, especially when it is easy to lose your temper and smack their tushies a little too hard, so let us eschew it.”...more
There is a reason my parents always said "this hurts me more than you" when I was spanked. ...more

One of those days

It's been one of those days. Not a horrible day. Not a tragic day, thank you, grilled cheesus. If I were to be honest instead of whiny, I'd have to say some good things happened today. But it was still one of those days....more

Spanking: If We Know Better, Shouldn't We Do Better?

"[HerMelness], we must be able to to tell the difference between spanking and child abuse. The two are not the same!! No one and I mean no one should abuse a child. Physically or mentally. Spanking is not abuse. Spanking is a way to get and keep control over our children."What do you do when your child misbehaves, [HerMelness]?"...more