As I was laying in bed last night I was watching Head Line News (HLN). On there they was showing Joy Behar speak of her up coming show. Joy was talking about how spanking a child is child abuse, and it scares a child. She was saying it makes a child scared of you as a parent. Yada Yada Yada. I am sure we as parents all have a different view on this matter. I know some will say spanking is child abuse, some will say no it isn’t. I would love to hear everyones opinion on this matter. Please no bashing and no hateful remarks.
I will go first…
To me spanking is not abuse UNLESS it is overly done then yes it is abuse. I started spanking my daughter when she was about a year old. That is when she started learning right from wrong. They say to break a child from biting is to bite them back. The first time my daughter bit me was the last time she bit me. She was mad at me ran up and dug her teeth into my stomach, I swatted her behind once, she had a diaper on so it did not hurt her, She never bit me again. When ever our daughter was doing things that would hurt her we spanked her behind and let her know it was bad.
Now our daughter is 8, she does not get spankings and she is one of the most well minded and respectful little girls I know. Yes she can be a brat at times, but those times are far and few in between. Not only is my baby girl sweet, she loves both her daddy and momma and she knows she can come to momma with anything, even if she is gonna get in trouble.
Now I have seen parents really whoop their child and cuss them for pretty much being a kid. I would call that abuse because kids are going to be kids. Just to spank a kid just because is uncalled for. But when a child is doing something to hurt themselves or others I believe at times it does warrant for a spanking.
Let me know what you think. Do you think spanking is child abuse?