New “study” claims spanking doesn’t work

Time Magazine:  “Compared with children who were not hit, those who were spanked were more likely to be defiant, demand immediate satisfaction of their wants and needs, get frustrated easily, have temper tantrums and lash out physically against others.”

I’m dying to see how the liberals’ methodology.  Until then, I’m just going to have to call bull sh!t.

6 responses to “New “study” claims spanking doesn’t work

  1. I guess the writers aren’t parents, eh? A child that hasn’t had their “ass busted” a time or two is going to be a selfish, spoiled brat. I believe the writer’s dyslexic and got confused. Anyone with a lick of sense knows it’s the other way around.

  2. I’d rather not spank a child if I don’t need to. BUT there are times when a spanking is the only way to change a child’s behavior.

    Did the researchers take into account any ADD drugs the kids might have been on?

  3. My wife and I have two children, now grown and productive adults. My wife at first insisted on not spanking. However, when the first was about two and a half, we had our second child. At that point, she had her hands full with a new baby, and the first child had to made to understand that Mama expected obedience. Therefore, bad behavior had to be followed by quick, simple, and predictable punishment.

    Spanking is an appropriate way to punish a small, disobedient child. Even a child understands a swat on the butt hurts, and even a small child can quickly learn that bad behavior will earn a spanking.

  4. Dobson’s “The Strong Willed Child” was made to order for my son. Today (at 21) he is, I’m pretty certain, perfect in every way.

  5. The methodology was explained fairly clearly in the article.

    Point is, unless it can be successfully demonstrated that spanking is indispensable to the education of a child, it seems pretty unreasonable to assume that the direct infliction of physical pain is systematically preferable to verbal discipline or other methods.

    I don’t necessarily buy that kids who are spanked will develop behavioral disorders, but I don’t believe that kids who aren’t spanked will end up undisciplined, either. I know well-behaved kids who were never spanked and uncontrollable kids who were, and vice-versa.

    Problem with spanking is that some parents turn to it in every situation, and those kids WILL turn out to have problems with aggression in later life, because they come to accept violence as a habitual thing.

  6. “Bob”:

    I have to say, it’s so nice to hear a well thought-out commentary from you. It may not sound as such, but I mean that in the most complimentary fashion.

    I also believe there is a right way, and conversely a wrong way, to administer corporal punishment to a child. Spanking a child who does not understand why, or during a fit of uncontrolled (marginally controlled?) anger on the parents part might well impart issues upon the child. Without reading the entire report, perhaps they elude to this.

    Provided punishment to one’s child is a very personal thing – and it should be. Using the right tool to properly steer that child will make all the difference in his/her success. And “Bob” is correct that used in anger, and as the only method of punishment, spanking might end up sending the wrong message.

    Just one man’s opinion, and as always YMMV.
    -LTB

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