To Spank Or Not To Spank–That Is The Question

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You have probably heard this old Mother Goose rhyme:

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread,
Then whipped them all soundly
And put them to bed.

Here’s a kinder, gentler alternative of “Old Woman In A Shoe” from Jordan Riak:

There was an old woman
Who lived in a shoe.
She was a kindhearted mom
Who knew exactly what to do.

She raised all her children
With patience and love.
Never once did she give them
A spank, shake or shove.

Her children all learned
To be gentle toward others,
And good parents too
When they became fathers and mothers.

From their days in the shoe
They learned this about living:
Kindness, not force,
Is the gift that keeps giving.

To spank or not to spank is an age-old debate. As a child psychologist, I am not an advocate of spanking. I think there are far more effective ways for parents to discipline, set a good example and maintain a greater bond with their children. And, the ultimate effects of spanking can be dangerous to your kids’ health, wealth, IQ, relationships and most importantly, your relationship with them. Here’s the goal: Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions.

You can also check out Project NoSpank for more information and discussions.

More on my next blog and on Thursday at 1:30 EDT. Feel free to send any questions or comments you have to: Hope to ‘see’ you on the call.

Old woman who lived in a shoe Spank or no spank?

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