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Opinions on spanking kids?

My husband and I are trying to find the best way to discipline our sons. My husband was raised in a family that spanked children, but I was not. I think because I was never spanked, I really don’t feel okay with spanking my kids. Moms, help please! Ideas on ways to discipline, and also feedback on whether or not spanking is still a thing nowadays would be amazing. Thank you!

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Silva posted September 12

This was something my family struggled with, too! My husband and I were raised very differently. We fought a lot about what was and wasn’t appropriate, and it was hard having those arguments after one of us had disciplined our daughter in a way the other didn’t agree with. The decision we landed on was to spank, but very rarely and only as a last resort. 0 Likes
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Julia posted September 12

In my opinion, spanking is never okay. My partner and I were also raised in families with different parenting styles, but we’ve come to an agreement that these are our children and we don’t need to do things the same way our parents did. We get to make our own decisions. So spanking is something we absolutely do not do. It feels out of date to us. 0 Likes
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Maureen posted September 12

Children are new to everything we teach them, including acceptable behaviors. It requires constant work, continuous teaching and complete diligence for parents to successfully implement discipline measures that are effective. Growing up, my mother had a strong voice and the elevation of her tone was enough to capture our attention, resulting in an immediate change of our behavior. That too works at times for us, however we sometimes have to take items from children as a consequence of misbehaving. The key is to stand on your decision without giving in. Spanking is not necessary and should not be the default in discipline method. 0 Likes
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