Making Spanking Illegal

@DaEntity (122)
United States
February 20, 2007 9:02pm CST
Have you heard about the new law that they want in California? No spanking or shaking anyone under the age of 18. The law first started out as a No Spanking children under the age of three. Which is understandable. I wasn't spanked until I was four. I live in California and my husband and I are divided on this. I want to spank our children, and he doesn't want our children to receive spankings. I was a teacher for one year of kindergartens and sometimes a child needs a little tap on the bottom. The person who created this bill has made changes to it. Now she wants the law to protect children under the age of 18 from being spanked or shaken by a parent. The shaking part is understandable to a degree. Infants, toddlers, and small children should never be shaken. I personally wouldn't see the reason to shake an older child, but who am I to dictate what another person does to their child? It isn't abuse. I know where I stand with the issue. I don't they should make spanking illegal...
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5 responses
• Canada
21 Feb 07
Hmmmm So it'd still be legal to spank somebody over 18? That's probably good that THAT'S still legal.. LOL
@DaEntity (122)
• United States
21 Feb 07
LOL! Yes, it would still be legal for people over 18 to receive spankings. LOL The good old days of college. I was known as Ms. Spanky... But that's another discussion...
@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
9 May 07
Actually it's called "Domestic Abuse" and you can still get in trouble and even spend a night in jail for spanking/hitting someone over 18. It's just not called child abuse, but it's still abuse.
@Foxxee (3654)
• United States
9 May 07
Shaking a child is child abuse. Doesn't matter what age. Shaking is dangerous even to an adult. So I am all for this. Shaking is ABUSE! As for spanking, I don't agree that spanking is the answer and I'm just hoping this law gets passed down to every state. I don't think a child at any age should be spanked. But I also don't feel a little tap is abuse. If I see a mother spanking her child on the bottom, I wont say anything about it. But shaking is another story. I would call the cops in a heart beat.
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I grew up being spanked when I was misbehaving. I never felt that my parents were abusive in any way. Times are changing and corporeal punishment is being frowned upon, but maybe there should be some leeway. How much spanking is ok? How much is none? I personally think that a lot of kids nowadays are turning out to be quite bratty.
@owens07 (325)
• Puerto Rico
21 Feb 07
I agree, they're taking it too far. Knowing that states have laws like that is helpful information people should know before moving to that particular state.
@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I hope this doesn't get too nsaty...but I think spanking is fine also. I certainly spank my kids when they need it. I don't beat them or shake them but a spaking every now and then does keep then in line-makes them behave. I think making it illegal is rediculous!!!