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Do you spank your kids?

Everyone has different parenting styles. What works for some might not work for others. Do you spank your kids ever? And what are your feelings towards spanking?
We usually do time outs, but occasionally if my son is being especially naughty, he will get a little spanking on the butt. He seems to know we mean business at that point. I'm not a huge fan of spanking, but sometimes I feel it is effective.

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citizenkane citizenkane 8 years 26 weeks
I don't have any children, but I was spanked as a child and I have no problem using it as a punishment in the future. I believe, however, that it is only effective up until a certain age. A 2 year old isn't going to sit down to listen to me explain why saying 'no' to me is wrong, much less understand and retain what I'm saying. I guarantee I can tell you which kids are spanked and which ones aren't, though.
theboyslover theboyslover 8 years 28 weeks
i agree with most here. i was spanked when i was a child and every kid in my entire family gets spanked -time out, never. i think it's important to let kids know there can be difficult punishments for their actions so they will know better and the next time they wont do it. if a kid knows all they are going to get is time-out they might risk getting in trouble to spend 5 minutes in the corner. but if they are anticipating something that will hurt as punishment they might think twice before they do it again. i think spanking is very effective. you can notice the difference between the way spanked kids act in public versus the kids who aren't disciplined at all or who have lighter punishments. you can almost pin-point them in the grocery store. and of course the way your child acts in public is a direct reflection upon the parent and their parenting skills.
vmruby vmruby 8 years 28 weeks
No, we have never raised a hand to her.She has never given us much reason to spank her. I'd rather sit her down, talk to her and explain what she did and why it was wrong .I know many mothers have said this about their children before, but my daughter is a great kid ,very sweet, friendly and respectful.When needed,timeouts and taking away certain privilages have always worked for me.
wynter wynter 8 years 28 weeks
Taking away priviledges usually works. I will spank them if they do something especially dangerous though after being told not to do it once already. For instance, Brandon was jumping off the top bunk bed onto the floor (hard floor w/o carpet to cushion it). I told him twice to stop. I caught him doing it a third time, and I spanked him. I haven't seen or heard him do it since. I'd rather spank him to get the point across than end up in the ER with a broken leg or worse in situations like that.
JustPlainJane JustPlainJane 8 years 28 weeks
I don't spank my kids, my husband has though. I generally use timeouts, or priveleges taken away. It works amazing for the 9 and 6 year old, not so great for the 2 yr old. Somedays are a struggle, and a battle of wills, but although I was spanked as a kid, and am Okay with spanking, I haven't had the need to just yet. I don't think the 2 yr old would learn anything from a spanking, other than to hit back. *Thank you. My real name... is plain... Jane Jones. (Alice - Closer)
judylai81 judylai81 8 years 28 weeks
I totally agree with you when it comes to spanking ... I know my opinion might not mean much here cuz I dont have kids but in my family, spanking was necessary. LOL! My brothers & I were pretty bad so things that my parents did worked for us ... I'd hate to think what we would be like if they didn't. We'd get away with everything. I think children need to remember who is the parent and who is the child because if they start to get the power they wouldn't learn anything.