At what age should you stop spanking?

@AdamMax (260)
United States
March 26, 2007 6:59am CST
I have three teenage sons and I haven't spanked any of them since they were small. They are respectful and well behaved now, even without fear of being spanked.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
28 Mar 07
I laugh my head off and anyone who tries to tell me that it is more effective to reason with a 2 year old than spank one. Do you reason with a two year old having a tantrum because they aren't getting what they want? NO. You give them a few quick smacks to the butt. This affects them in three ways. It lets them know that that their behavior is unacceptable; It takes their minds off the tantrum, which ends it; most importantly it tells them that throwing a tantrum isn't going to get them what they want. The ironic thing about spanking is, the last generation who were spanked openly started the peace movement... Ever since we started punishing parents for spanking their kids, violence in our society has gone through the roof. You tell me if spanking didn't help.
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@ParaTed2k (21785)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
29 Mar 07
If that works for you, go for it! I'm not saying that spanking is the answer for every kid, in every discipline situation. I'm just saying that there are times (and kids) that it is appropriate and useful.
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• United States
28 Mar 07
I think the actual age depends on the maturity of the child. I feel like once they have reached the age of 10-11, there are much more effective ways to get their attention. Taking away privileges is much more effective since they now have way more things to do (to take away) than when I was growing up.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I think once a child hits puberty, they really shouldn't be recieving any more spankings. NOt only can it be demeening, for a 11 year old to be put over his father's knee, it is also usually unaffective. I think at this age, other forms of discipline usually work better. Taking away privelages, or rights to the phone, t.v., internent, friends, will make a much bigger impact on a pre-teen then a swat on the butt.
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