Four out of five Americans think it is socially acceptable in some instances to spank a child.
While spanking is widely accepted by older generations, many first-time Millennial parents are also taking up spanking. You might find it shocking to discover that 72 percent of Millennial parents believe there is nothing wrong with it.
While spanking is considered an aggressive action used to reinforce proper behavior, there are many emotional and physical downsides to hitting your child's rear end. Children seeing these aggressive actions at home have shown an increased tendency to lash out at other children at daycare and in school. Research has also discovered that parents are much more likely to spank their son or daughter when they are angry, stressed, tired, or depressed.
Still, one could see the argument to both sides. To spank or not to spank? That is the age-old question. One Missouri woman was pushed into the spotlight after spanking her daughter got her in some pretty hot water.
A 26-year-old mother from Raymore, Missouri, was charged with domestic assault after spanking her six-year-old daughter.
While motivations for the spanking have not been disclosed, a lawyer representing the mom reported that the woman had spanked her daughter more than five times, leaving mild bruising.
A case was built agains the mother after the girl’s father, who is estranged from the mother, discovered the bruises.
During the case, it was also revealed that the mother’s current boyfriend had spanked the daughter on multiple occasions. The woman’s lawyer argued that the spanking was used as a disciplinary measure on both accounts rather than an expression of anger.
Missouri state laws regarding child discipline do allow for the use of physical punishment such as spanking in cases where it is used as a parenting tool, rather than as a form of abuse. The laws consider any violent act that does not bear risk of severe disfigurement, pain, or emotional distress to be an acceptable form of discipline.
All charges against the mother were dropped after a jury decided that the woman’s actions were used to discipline a child.
Was the Missouri court right in dropping the charges? Have you ever spanked your son or daughter? Let us know in the comments.
(via Parent Herald)