We were speechless to say the least.
True story. Jimmy was 5 years old at the time, and as a result received a few good spanks in front of the restaurant. Granted, he had probably heard mom and dad use the word a few times and hey, you had to give it to the kid, the cherry was his favorite part—at least we knew he had passion!
But was it wrong? How else do you make your child understand that his behavior is absolutely, inexcusably wrong?
A recent study found that Moms who spank their kids may be increasing their children’s risk of aggressive behavior, such as bullying and fighting, by the time they turn 5! The study, published in the May issue of Pediatrics, adds to evidence suggesting that spanking and other types of corporal punishment set kids up for aggressive behaviors later in life. Catherine A. Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of community health sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans says:
“Children need guidance and discipline; however, parents should focus on positive, non-physical forms of discipline and avoid the use of spanking. This message is consistent with that of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which strongly opposes striking a child for any reason.”
So, what do you think about spanking? To spank or not to spank, that is the question.