If you were spanked as a kid or you spank your kids, don’t worry I’m not trying to call you evildoers or anything. I’m tackling the subject logically.
My sister’s boyfriend said something the other day about how spanking your kids was good and she kind of glared at him, so it’s been rolling around in my head for awhile. I was walking my dog and thinking about it, and it reminded me of something someone had said about torture. If you don’t know what waterboarding is btw, read my featured blog here. Anyway, I was watching the news and there was a guy on there who was an expert on torture and interrogation, he’s one of the people who train our soldiers to resist torture methods. And when he was asked if methods like waterboarding are so ineffective (because they generate false information, false confessions etc) then why are these torture methods used by so many regimes, and he said something that really stuck with me. He said most people in these regimes don’t know how to really interrogate someone well, but it’s easy to just hit them.
I think it’s the same with punishing your kids. There are better methods out there that have been developed by psychologists such as time outs, grounding etc which work well if done properly, but spanking is so common because not everyone reads Dr. Spock. Not everyone takes the time to learn the alternatives, study child psychology, etc before having a kid.
But anyone can just hit them.