An article on CNN claims that dads who are depressed are more likely to spank their children. This study seems rather pointless as it really boils down to the age old debate over whether or not to spank your children in the first place, be you a fun dad or a sad dad.
I was issued a healthy dose of rump swats by well-adjusted family members who knew I was A) being a jerky kid or was B) potentially putting myself in danger. Nothing worked quite like the sting of a swift swat on the rear to scare me straight. It was just enough pain to send a message without turning me into a serial killer later in life. I am for the spanks, people.
But know the difference. If you're whaling on your children because your life sucks and you're down in the dumps, well, that's called abuse and I don't think it's fair to lump it in with people who judiciously practice spanking their kids to keep them in line. To this day if I hear someone say, "I'm going to count to three… ONE…TWO…TWO AND A HALF…" I get really angsty and think to myself, "Don't push it kid! You know what's comin' if they get to three, and it involves earning yourself one very red butt cheek."
The glorious thing for my parents, is that they only had to spank us a few times before counting to three became just as effective. My brother and I had failed to behave during fancy dinner night at Mountain Jacks on a few occasions and got dragged into the bathroom or out into the parking lot to get a 'what for'. Soon after we learned to contain our uncontrollable laughter at the sight of a pepper mill and I stopped getting my head caught in the wooden spokes that separated our booth from the next one over all thanks to the mighty power of a spanking. I mean really, it's hard to enjoy your surf 'n' turf when a 5-year-old thinks it's funny to keep "popping over for a visit" and then gets their giant noggin trapped on your side and starts crying and panicking. That deserves a light wallop, right?
I understand that there are parents who just shouldn't procreate. I ride the NYC subway and see some pretty awful child rearing go down. Kids get told they are stupid, get swatted without explanation and are sworn at by their parents. I also see parenting in this city that involves treating your child like a precious snowflake where there is no discipline, just a lot of condescending lecturing that a kid doesn't understand. You know they don't understand because the little snot nose runs right back out into traffic.
It's up to you how you're going to parent. I'd rather have a world full of entitled children with no boundaries than ever hear another story of needless abuse against a child physically or emotionally. But I would have to say that a few whacks never really hurt anyone and I turned out just fine.
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