The latest Terry's Bonus Point Poll results are in.
|"To spank or not to spank?" that is the question for parental types today.|
|82||19.2%||19.5%||19%||Never. Now go take a time out.|
|320||74.8%||71.5%||76.1%||Sometimes. Best watch your step.|
|26||6.1%||8.9%||4.9%||Always! Where's my switch?|
I don't like spanking as a disciplinary measure. However, when your kid has absolutely lost his or her cotton-pickin' mind, I'm of a mind that sometimes a swat on the rear is required.
This is the only "safe for work" image that pops up when you Google "spanking"
As a kid, my dad was a spanker and my mom was a time-outter. Their lack of agreement on disciplinary measures allowed me to be an absolute terror. A swat on the rear probably would have done me some good. A time out that was actually enforced also would have helped. As it was, I had neither and was an evil child.
As a parent, I use techniques that my wife and I picked up in a course called "Love & Logic". Spanking is discouraged as it allegedly teaches kids that problems are to be solved with violence. Makes sense to me.
I've swatted my kids on the butt a few times. I've never been happy about it and have done maybe twice since taking this course. Spanking offers an immediate release of tension, but I always felt bad about it afterwards.
Using a system of time outs when a kid is going nuts on you is one heck of an exercise in patience, but I feel a lot better about it. Plus, I can always turn up my headphones while my kids yell about what a bad dad I am from their time-out spot. When they've calmed down, I have them think about their behavior for about 5 minutes and then they can join the family for fun times again. Again, a good set of headphones helps.
My kids are pretty doggone good under this system. With that being said, I'm not writing off spanking entirely. Some kids need a good butt whuppin'.
My Google Image Search for "brat" didn't quite give me what I had in mind...
Come to think of it, some adults do too. I'll bet you know a few.
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