For many of us, being spanked was a common form of discipline growing up. If we got out of line, we were going to get a smack on the rear end. This was a fact of life, and it taught us immediate consequences for acting poorly, and it worked. We knew not to behave like that again or we’d get another spanking.
The left has waged a war on spanking for years. They’ve sanitized it from schools, although it is making a comeback in some school districts. They’ve also tried to parent shame those of us who physically reprimand our children. But, spanking persists in many households because many of us feel it works.
Now, the fake news squad at CNN is pushing a study that further tries to eradicate spanking from U.S. homes. A study from the Journal of Pediatrics claims children who are spanked are more likely to end up in violent relationships. As someone who was spanked as a child, I call nonsense on this study.
Researchers asked 758 teens from the ages of 19- and 20-years-old how often they were spanked. Many respondents stated their parents spanked them often.
Others stated the physical discipline included kicking, shaking or throwing children, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears, forcing children to stay in uncomfortable positions, burning, scalding, or forced ingestion such as washing mouth out with soap. Well, none of those forms of punishment constitutes spanking, and it highlights two problems with this study.
Many of those things are outside the limits of what most parents who spank would find an acceptable punishment. Among many things, I would never scratch or kick my children to discipline them. The fact that this was included in a study on spanking makes it apparent that this isn’t a study on spanking. This study is obviously skewed.
Second, I would think the age of the respondents would probably affect the results of this study. When I was 19 or 20-years-old, I still hadn’t understood much about spanking. The researchers might have gotten very different results if they asked people who were older.
Many of us who grew up with spanking certainly didn’t like it at the time, but we appreciate the reasoning, now that we are older. We also can see people in the younger generation who weren’t spanked and how they have grown into entitled, whiny adults who constantly expect to get their way.
I call crap on this study! I was spanked, and I turned out just fine.
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