After reading Kristen’s post last week about when an adult hits a child, I starting wondering how common spanking was these days.
I was spanked as a child—frequently. My mother strongly believed the saying, “Spare the rod, spoil the child”. She is from Mississippi, where a kid had to go out and pick a strong, thick switch for a beating. Luckily, she wasn’t that harsh with me, but I had some pretty bad spankings that I’ll never forget.
According to ChildAdvocate.org, corporal punishment is illegal in 17 countries. In the U.S., it is legal in all 50 states to spank your child and in 23 states, teachers can paddle your kids. In fact, The U.S. and Somalia are the only countries in the United Nations who have refused to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
I promised myself that I would never hit my children. I haven’t, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to feeling like I wanted to on a couple of occasions.
According to an article from USnew.com, 90 percent of parents have spanked their toddlers. I don’t know many people around Baristaville that spank, or admit to it, but if 90 percent of Americans do then kids around here are getting their bottoms whacked.
So fess up—Do you spank your kids?
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