Somebody needs a spanking
|by Faith Schwartz|
Annoyance shot through my mind as I read about this proposed ban on spanking in California. In all honesty, all I see is someone taking a fairly legitimate question -- "What is “reasonable” spanking as opposed to “unreasonable” hitting -- and attempting to apply the standard one-size-fits-all approach: Let's pass a bill.
First let me begin by saying this: I am a result of the "spanking" generation. While those children of the '60s grew up living the Spock mentality (yeah, big winner there), I grew up in the '80s with a set of parents who most certainly did not "spare the rod." And guess what!? I'm alive, and well! Go figure.
Now, I in no way mean to diminsh the concern there is for children who truly are in abusive situations. But come on, people, it's easy to recognize a parent that is in control (spanking responsibly and purposely) and one that's not (abuse). So here's what I want to know, is the real problem people have with spanking about the fine line between reasonable punishment and abuse?
Did I mention that along with being spanked I was home-educated? Gasp. Horror. Along the lines of the spanking controversy, this article I found more amusing than annoying. Now here's a thought: do I dare make the argument that home-educated children are less likely to be spanked because they are more well behaved? And why are they more well behaved? Because they've been spanked. Oh boy.
I do have one thing to say, the future looks like it's going to be an interesting battle for us future parents out there who desire freedom from the state in how we raise our kids.
Anyway, I'd be interested in knowing your thoughts on this. What are the parents of the future supposed to do with a governement that won't allow them to responsibly discipline their children? Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater here.