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Opinion: Latest Spanking Study Will Have Zero Effect on Parents

When I read that a recent study found spanking makes children more aggressive, my first thought was maybe this will convince parents that spanking is a bad idea. Then I woke up. Whenever a study about spanking is released, I am surprised by t...

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 Chi...

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 physical...

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 betwee...

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 punis...

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. B...

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 schoo...

Blogger launches anti-physical punishment campaign

Panthergirl, who has blogged for what seems like a dog's age over at The Dog's Breakfast, has launched a new blog devoted to making physical punishment of kids illegal in the United States. Panthergirl justifies her position in one of her latest post...

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