Punishment: Is hitting children ever ...

Punishment: Is hitting children ever good?

There are 24 comments on the The Clarion-Ledger story from Jul 17, 2007, titled Punishment: Is hitting children ever good?. In it, The Clarion-Ledger reports that:

“I'd go a few rounds with anyone that laid a hand on my kid . . .”

Is there ever a good time to hit kids? This is a question that Jacksonians may have to answer, if Jackson Public Schools decides to reinstate corporal punishment. via The Clarion-Ledger

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Since: Sep 08

Owasso, OK

#21 Nov 10, 2008
Spanking your kid is never fun, never something you want to do, but can be absolutely necessary at times. I avoid it at all cost, but...

Now, if a teacher feels they need to spank my child, you'd be better to call me first. That spanking will mean more coming from me and I don't wanna have to hit that teacher, so just let me decide if its needed :)

A parent does it to enforce discipline, a little fear, and respect for authority, which is needed while parenting. A teacher doing it only causes humiliation for the child.

Victorville, CA

#22 Nov 20, 2008
I am 19yrs of age and currently in my freshman year of college. I am reading this forum for the reason that i am currently doing a paper about hitting children, if its crime or punishment. As i grew up in a Christian home i was tought to be respectful an i was Spanked, Whooped, and hit with the sandal my mother was wearing in the grocery market. In no way do i feel that spanking your child is wrong, yes approaching your child telling the no that its wrong to hurt others is effective. But for how long, i've seen many friends that were not hit by their parents grow up to go behind their parents back and have substance abuse and fight and plainly treat people very unkind. Your terms of talking to your child only last till they may be 8 or 9 then they relise; oh i only get told "dont do that its wrong go to your room." Well from experience being told to go to my room and think didnt solve much, but when my mother laid that firm hand on my behind i knew why i was getting it an i learned not to cross my mother. in no way is my mother an angry person neither am i. i feel you people suggesting that hiting is wrong is because from my research, is that you were either hit to much as a kid or your parent wasn't there. but there is other cases. well this is my two sense on the matter, and it will always be an opinion in no way can anyone change how people discipline their own child.
The Mom

United States

#23 Nov 26, 2008
There is a difference between beating a child and correcting a child.
I got hit

Passaic, NJ

#26 Feb 20, 2009
I believe hitting a kid teaches them respect for authorities and help them understand manners and the real meaning of respect. I was hit but not from angry parents. My Parents hit me when i did wrong and never laid a hand on any other parent's children. I learned how to respect adults and my peers. My parents did not just hit me they sometimes combined it with long lasting punishments. If i did something really bad they would hit me and then ground me. I think both methods work effectively if they are applied in the right ways. Just normal discipline without the authority factor doesn't work and corporal punishment that is overused is DEFINITELY abuse. Hitting when i child is young and grounding when they get older is what I think works.

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