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Rainey October 16th, 2013 4:02pm

A California court recently ruled spanking your child with a wooden spoon is not abuse. Do you agree with this ruling?

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Happy Hong Kong
10/16/13 11:38 am

I got "the spoon", but I never felt like I was being abused.

staceetee Transylvania
10/16/13 11:15 am

I believe if more parents used the 'spoon' method of raising children instead of trying to make their kids their 'besties' or friends, we would have less spoiled kids feeling 'entitled' to the world without having to work for it.

staceetee Transylvania
10/16/13 11:16 am

Before the snide comments follow, I am in NO way in favor of child abuse or striking your child in anger.

1txteacher Dickinson Gator Swamp
10/16/13 10:57 am

My sisters paddle of choice for her kids. She used it on mine when they were little. Clare said, " not da pooon Aunt Marci, not da pooon." We still joke about it. We spanked iris with belt or hand.

Reneezii Exodus 20. 8 to 11
10/16/13 10:46 am

I never got spanked. They either said I was too young or too old. But generally I was a good kid that listened. Can't say the same for my siblings though. I smack my kids hand right now but it's never hard enough to hurt, just hurt his feelings.

presrvd Phoenix
10/16/13 10:37 am

For a better part of my childhood, I swear I had a permanent spoon mark on my rear end. Sucked hardcore, but I wouldn't exchange it for any other childhood. It was a learning experience to say the least.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/16/13 9:16 am

It depends on the age of the child. Do I think a toddler should be hit with a wooden spoon? No. But I bet if you swat a 7 year old with one you probably won't have to do it ever again.

Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
10/16/13 9:32 am

I got spanked one time as a child. That's all it took for me

wego Utah
10/16/13 9:45 am

Same here. For my sister, though, it had no effect other that to make her more defiant.

10/16/13 10:16 am

Depends on the child. My daughter wouldn't care if I beat her (which I obviously would not do). But denying her attention and "big girl privileges" has an effect.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 9:08 am

I don't agree with the physical punishment of children.

Meanwhile, if you hit a dog or something of that sort - you get in huge trouble. Wtf?

bMyComrade Beantown
10/16/13 9:53 am

Typically it takes more than one swat to get in trouble for hitting an animal as well

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 9:58 am

I know, I know. :P
I just strongly disapprove of physical punishment in any situation; humans especially.

bMyComrade Beantown
10/16/13 10:00 am

I get ya. I see its reasoning for some people, but I agree with you - it shouldn't be necessary. But the one time mom ever hit me, it sure turned my attitude around and made me quit being such the nasty little tween snot I almost was.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 10:06 am

I'm sure the laws aren't justifying persistent usage. Even once is too much, but if it accomplished something good - I guess that's a trade off worth accepting. It should never be used as a first line action, and never in anger (just my opinion), if

bMyComrade Beantown
10/16/13 10:18 am

I mostly agree - my parents used spanking, but they were not administered in anger. Sometimes I look back and am amazed by that fact, my brothers and I were sometimes very sassy lol. I can't know what will work with my child until I have one.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/16/13 2:49 pm

True. *If* either of us have kids. :)