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An alternative to spanking

The spanking debate has been duked out repeatedly and will probably continue to be waged so long as people keep having kids. There was the California lawmaker who tried to ban it, but it seems that folks around here see it overwhelmingly as...

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...

PD*Poll: Do you spank?

Here are the facts: at a July 4th parade in Iowa, a young mother spanked her toddler. A police officer witnessed the spanking and wrote the mom a ticket, citing her with child abuse now, she's suing the state. Who is right? Well, that depends. On a...

Father acquitted of assault for shoving daughter

She was fifteen and rebellious -- much more so than her two older siblings had been. She snuck out, yet again, to meet up with her boyfriend, the drug dealer, and to attend a party with him. Her dad went looking for her and found her at a phone...

The side effects of spanking

Spanking. It's definitely old-school, but in many parenting circles, it's still around. Parents who use it claim that it's the only way to demand respect, to get kids to pay attention and listen, especially in today's modern culture. Critics call it...

Kiwis need a good spanking

Last year, New Zealand passed a law eliminating "reasonable parental correction" -- spanking -- as a defense in assault cases. One politician, however, thinks that a good smacking is okay -- and claims nearly three quarters of the population agrees...

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...

Witnessing abuse

One of our readers wrote in recently to ask what others would have done in a situation in which she found herself. She was at a restaurant and had to visit the ladies room. She describes what happened next: "On the way I passed a table where a child...

Mom and aunt arrested for spanking 12-year-old

Nancy Simpson's twelve-year-old nephew was "being bad". Luckily, she just happened to have a wooden backscratcher wrapped in electrical tape handy. While the boy's mother watched, she spanked him. That'll learn him. Only, they then left the boy home...

California lawmaker wants to outlaw spanking

Recently, Jonathon Morgan reported on yet another reason not to hit your kids -- it makes them more sickly. I don't know if that research had anything to do with this, but a California lawmaker wants to make spanking illegal. Assemblywoman Sally...

Do your methods of discipline work?

I always feel like I'm one step behind when it comes to discipline. Just when I've found something that works, my daughter, Edan, figures out a clever way to thwart me. Last month I started counting in a 5 in my most ominous voice, threatening a time...

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...

Australian group wants to ban hitting kids

I'm not sure whether to be happy that the Australian Childhood Foundation wants to ban hitting kids in Oz, or to be depressed about the need for such a ban. The ACF conducted a poll of Australians and found some shocking results. Of the 750 adults...

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