Spanking in public: Another great parenting debate
When you spank your kid in public, don’t be surprised if strangers have something to say about it.
Doctors, academics, child-rearing experts and millions of parents all have an opinion on the topic of spanking.
It’s not exactly a new debate, however, a writer over at The Stir raises an interesting point: When you hit your child in public, does it become everyone’s business?
More from MSN Living: 4 musts for moms of boys
She recounts a recent incident on a New York City subway platform where she witnessed a mother was spanking her 4- or 5-year-old boy:
I'm not going to lie. I completely disapproved. I don't feel comfortable with the notion of spanking your kid in public. That feels like it's more about humiliation than discipline to me. But I guess my face didn't reflect that because she looked at me and gave that exasperated mom look before saying, "He's a handful." She clearly expected me to sympathize with her. I didn't utter a word. I just turned my head, hoping that passive-aggressive move made it clear that we were not on the same page.
More from MSN Living: 10 single mom secrets
The author goes onto to say another passenger took a much more direct approach to show her displeasure by saying, “Spanking solves nothing.”
The mom shot back, “Mind your own business, lady." Not exactly a shocking reaction.
So, is spanking ever OK? If so, under what circumstances is it acceptable?
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse spanking under any circumstances. It's a form of punishment that becomes less effective with repeated use, according to the AAP; it also makes discipline more difficult as the child outgrows it.
Instead of spanking, the AAP recommends time-outs, which force children to calm down and think about their emotions rather than acting on them reflexively. Isn’t the whole point of punishment to understand what they did wrong and reflect upon why they did it in the first place?
How do you feel about parents spanking their kids in public? Is it a personal choice for each parent and family? Or do you disapprove?
More from Family Room:
Readers: Calling all mom bloggers — we’re looking for fresh voices on MSN Living. Email us your samples and contact info.
Photo: Pablo Baracat Photography/Getty Images
News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads
Got kids that are questioning whether or not the Easter Bunny is real? If you want to keep the tradition going at least one more year, try one of these ideas...
You're cold-hearted? We'll take care of that for you...read on.
This kid despises poetry and he's not afraid to let you know.
I used to be one of those moms who thought, 'who on earth would bring their child to an event like that?' and then I had a son. Here's why you might become a convert, too.
Take a look at your house for these telltale signs that a cat is running the show.
Check out this list of requirements you should meet before getting a new puppy or adult dog.
Virtually everything you need to know about relationships, you learned in nursery school: Treat people as you want to be treated, clean up after yourself, and don’t be a know-it-all.
Here are our experts' best tips for how to be a positive role model for your kids so that they grow up healthy, strong and confident about the way they look.
Can you relate?
Much like their famous owners, these pooches live a fabulous life. Some are rescues, others purebred, but one thing is certain – these dogs play an important part in their famous parents' lives. Can you guess who owns each of these dogs?
We captured a frame-by-frame look just for you.
Two controversial science projects resembled weapons, school officials said.