To paddle or not to paddle

United States
July 7, 2007 1:14pm CST
I saw a report of a man who gives away paddles for parents who want to use them for their kids, because his 'Higher Power' told him to. Link here http://archives.gophercentral.com/Spanking_Foes_Paddle_Purveyor_bizarre_news.html I have smacked my kids to get their attention, but never paddled them, but then I think they are not that bad. Do you paddle, or not, and do you think a parent should be able to paddle their kids or not???
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@orbeltadz (506)
• Baguio, Philippines
8 Jul 07
It's ok so long as they will be sorry for you. And they learned their lesson. My dad never do it to me. But the natural tendency for those kids who suffered, might even be rebellious.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
8 Jul 07
That is just wrong and should be reported as abuse!
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
8 Jul 07
UP the creek without a paddle! That man is Queer! Thats cruel and Unusual Punishment. Its one thing to paddle your kids but to make and Give Away paddles to Parents,,,,,, the Guy should be Drawn and Quartered!..... Ever heard of psychology? Its the modern way to raise your children. Children are little adults, and as such, they deserve respect. In the old days the parents demanded Respect from their Kids and completely forgot to return that respect. When a situation comes along the Parent and Child sit down and talk about it in a respectful manner. Each person presents his problem and a settlement is arrived at. Both sides are prepared to give a little until everyone is happy with the agreement. Lets make a deal! It sure Beats beating your Children! ( I raised 4 boys, and have never bailed anyone out of Jail!)
• India
8 Jul 07
not to paddle
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@quatelmon (955)
• United States
7 Jul 07
Wow, that's CRAZY!!! I know that if my friends hit me, I don't want to be friends anymore. I can only imagine what hitting a child does to their ego and life. I was a nanny, and never EVER, even at the worst of times, thought that hitting was a good idea. Thank you for bringing this story to light for me!!!
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@sunshinecup (7881)
7 Jul 07
While I am a HUGE supporter of parents rights to spank, I do not support the use of objects. A hand accross the bottom does just fine. Never have I ever found the need to use a switch, a paddle or even a belt on my kids. That's just me though. As for this guy, who knows if God told him to or not. The Bible is not against spanking or paddling children by no means.
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• Canada
7 Jul 07
This is really scary!!! I don't even believe in smacking 'em or yelling. Everything can be discussed calmly and rationally. Just because as adults we're bigger than they are doesn't mean we have to hold that power over them like a dangling sword. Do unto others, remember.
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@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I think if this man gave me a paddle and I used it on him it would be an assault charge for me. if I paddled my children it would be with my hand,but for the most part I use other methods like time out, and takeing privilages away. Hitting is only teaching to hit so they grow up thinking it is ok to hit. Seems strange that you tell your children to never hit and you turn around and hit them,so somewhere in there heads they believe it is ok to hit others.
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• Philippines
6 Aug 07
I do not spank my kids when I dont have to. If I have to, then I will them on the butt so they will be disciplined. I do not believe anyway that using a tool especially a paddle would create something good. I even hate using belt on them because its like a whip. what more a paddle?