Do You Spank Your Kids?

spanking.jpgAfter 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, 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, 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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  1. The prof goes the other way, when I’m really pisses, I give the little prof a dollar bill and tell him: walk away, little man!!!

  2. I do not spank because my husband won’t let me. He’s right, I agree with him. Now I find it totally weird and uncomfortable when my friends spank their kids, and I do have a few that spank.

  3. I once hit ‘Tubby’ on the behind with my hand after he pissed on one of my guitar cases. It leaked inside and left ‘streaks’ on my beautiful, red, 1998 American Deluxe Stratocaster.
    That’s about the extent of the corporal punishment that goes on around here.
    No dad around to ‘correct’ us so my mother used to take belts and hair brushes to my and little brother’s butts though and she left welts. Damn that sh*t hurt.

  4. There’s a difference between a corrective “spank” and the sort of beatings the author is trying to bring to the readers’ imaginations.
    I feel there’s nothing wrong with giving a child a single spank on the behind if they’ve done something wrong. It’s embarrassing more than it is painful and there’s something primal about it in the same way an alpha wolf will nip a pup on the nose if it is getting out of line (and before anyone gets started: We’re animals. Young children are less developed and respond more to primal responses than rational arguments. Get over it).
    Taking a belt, brush, wooden spoon, or whatever and beating a child or repeatedly spanking them in anger is an entirely different thing, however.

  5. My mother was the queen of the backhand. Get out of line and whack across the face.
    I dont believe in that, but I have spanked my kids once or twice. I see it as an escalation tactic.
    Time-out always comes first.

  6. I have definitely spanked my child with my hand and not hard enough to leave a mark. I do consider it different then using a belt or any other object or hitting and leaving marks. My daughter is warned about it and given a chance to redirect her behavior. There was a time I had to do it often but now I rarely even have to give a warning. However, I am human and I have hit in anger. It is not something I am proud of but something I did have to sit down and talk to her about.

  7. I was spanked and hit with wooden spoons- with holes in the middle for extra badness, but I have never jumped anyone in Anderson Park nor have I engaged in malicious destruction of property. Hell, I’ve never even dined and dashed – even at the Pilgrim. So I would advocate a nice spanking at least once a week to keep the bad out.

  8. I was a trouble maker, and the youngest of 5 children, so when my father said “Step into my office” That usually meant we were going to sit down by the staircase and play the butt bongos until his hand hurt!
    Although I dont have children of my own, I think its the parents responsibility to their children and society as a whole to spank their kids. Like GNM, I dont believe that wooden spoons, electrical cords, belts or paddles should be involved, but a nice sting to the buttocks to remind them that they are out of line is fine.

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