John McCreery wrote:
On 2/17/06, Andy Amago <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:I spanked my (now grown) daughter a few times, maybe 2 or 3. One swat on the bottom. I told her that the ONLY reason I might do this is if it was a "safety" issue. And then I stuck to it. Parents who hit out of a lack of control are the larger problem, and parents who are too liberal handing out deliberate corporal punishment are a lesser problem.
Nobody's talking about coddling. We're talking cuddling and not beating.
Again, an argument based on simplistic and false dichotomies. Cuddling is vital. So are chores and bedtime stories; my daughter got lots of all these things. Spanking is useful only in moderation and only on those young enough to learn its lesson without feeling horribly humiliated.