corporal punishment 

Judge to Mom: 'You Don't Spank Children'

To spank or not to spank? At least one judge says don't even go there. No, Rosalina Gonzales wasn't put behind bars for spanking her toddler, but prosecutors and a judge in Corpus Christie, Texas, let it be known that whacking a kid on the...Judge tells mom spanking is not OK in today's parenting world.

Bill Requiring Schools to Get Parents' Permission Before Spanking Kids Passes Texas House

Some 40 Texas school districts -- including Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington -- already ban paddling. Credit: Getty Images
Oh, c'mon on, is this Texas or Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?
A bill before the Texas Legislature would require...
Texas debates the property etiquette for whupping a kid's backside.

Spanking Makes Children More Aggressive, Study Shows

A swat today could mean lots of timeouts later, new research shows. Credit: Corbis
If you think spanking a child makes him more belligerent, while your spouse believes it teaches discipline, you may just have the upper hand in the debate. A new...

British Teachers Told It's OK to Physically Restrain Their Students

Some students in Great Britain are fit to be tied -- or at least restrained. And Britain's secretary of state for children, schools and families says teachers ought to do the restraining. The Times of London reports Secretary of State for...

House Passes Bill to Stop Forcible Discipline in Schools

The reports coming out of these places are horrific. People are held against their will, even though they haven't committed any crimes. If they fail to cooperate, they're held down or tossed into solitary confinement. Sometimes they are...

Lawsuit Aims to Put End to Paddling as Punishment in Mississippi Schools

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Credit: Corbis
Abolished in a majority of states, paddling is still practiced in Mississippi schools, but a federal lawsuit is hoping to strike a blow against corporal punishment. The lawsuit seeks a...

Report Cites 220 Cases of D.C. Teachers Abusing Students

The Washington, D.C. school district, already rocked by infighting with its teachers, is getting another black eye from reports of more than 200 cases of staff going overboard disciplining students in the last school year. A company that used...

A return to caning

According to the Times, one in five teachers in the UK would like to be able to use corporal punishment in the classroom. Children's behaviour, they say, has deteriorated so much that they feel the need to hit the children. "There is justification...

Corporal punishment alive and well in the U.S.

Don't mess with Texas, they say, and that's especially true if you're a student in that particular state. The Human Rights Watch and the ACLU recently released a report on corporal punishment in the United States. They found that 25% of the reported...

Spanking - How old is too old?

Spanking is a hot topic around here. Some consider it to be an effective and perfectly acceptable form of discipline. Others wouldn't dream of hitting a child and consider it abuse. Many fall somewhere in between and speak of a fine line being...

Massachusetts considering outlawing spanking

In 1999, the highest court in the state of Massachusetts ruled that parents could spank their children as long as it didn't cause serious bodily harm. Today, they are considering a bill that would make corporal punishment illegal. With corporal...

Parents sue daycare over thumbtack punishment

Throughout Christy's childhood, she attended a number of different daycare centers. Some where small, independent operations and others were national chains. For reasons that don't make sense even to me, I always felt more comfortable when she was in...

The difference between discipline and abuse?

State law in Hawaii makes it illegal for a parent to "physically abuse" their child. But the law also provides that parents may use appropriate force if it is related to helping the minor, as long as it doesn't cause serious injury or extreme pain....

Sub shuts up kindergarteners with clothespins

When I was a kid, I never thought it was fair that grown-ups were so much bigger than I was. Subsequently, I feel just a little guilty every time I resort to physically manipulating my toddler. Like when she refuses to leave the playground -- forcing...

Return of the paddle

I don't know, I thought it was pretty much understood that hitting kids is a bad idea -- teaching them that the way to deal with problems is to hit just doesn't make sense. I also thought that corporal punishment simply wasn't allowed in public...

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