Is spanking really the best way to discipline children?

@mogg20 (172)
Philippines
January 19, 2007 7:11pm CST
Is it? Most of the people I asked said yes. Saying it's the best way to "tell" a child that what he or she did was wrong. Personally, I think spanking will only make children resent their parents. What's your take on this?
2 responses
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I am a parent that believes in spanking my child if ALL other resorts of discipline have been exhauted...Meaning game systems, cartoons, computer even. I will take everything away from my son and if he don't act right yes the last very resort is spanking him. I don't think he resent me, we actually have very good communication, however, he knows when there is nothing else left to take of his, the next resort is spanking....I don't spank my child often, but if need be, yes I will. I know my son loves me dearly and he knows between cartoons, computer, games, going outside or over friends houses, If I've given him that many chances and took away all those options..he already know what comes next. It's no secret to my son and he know I dont play....I believe it really depends on the communication with your child..My son is 11 and has NEVER back-talked me, rolled his eyes, or got snippy....I respect my son a great deal because I have seen kids that really abuse their parents even at a young age mentually....
@mogg20 (172)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I agree with you that spanking should be an absolute last resort in discipline. It just saddens me that some people believe that spanking is the only effective form of discipline.
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
Spanking is not the best way to discipline children. It should be the last recourse. There are so many ways to train children and parents should learn how to deal with their children. And if all possible ways were resorted to and the child ignores everything then try spanking but not to the extent of real hurting him. Spank to discipline and not to hurt and if the child still goes wayward, stop spanking for it's not effective. Learn and try other means.