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Why I Don't Believe In Spanking Children

Author : William Jason

I still remember the day that I found out my wife and I were going to have a baby, and we had been trying to conceive for only a short period of time, so whenever she told me she thought she might be pregnant I thought that she was imagining things. However, she took a pregnancy test that same day and when she came out of the bathroom and told me she was pregnant, I was in complete shock at how fast that it happened. We had only been trying for less than a month and I couldn't believe that we were successful that quickly. So my wife and I never really had a chance to talk about the number of parenting issues like I had hoped to do, which is why over the next nine months she and I had a chance to discuss our philosophies on parenting.

My wife and I have always been able to communicate quite well with each other and usually see eye to eye on many issues, but one thing that my wife and I disagreed on is the spanking of a child. She felt like there were certain instances where this was acceptable, and while I can see her point, I felt like there was never a case where you should be so angry that you should ever raise your hand to a child. It was something I was very hopeful that I would stick to, and even told her how I was pretty shocked that my brother in law smacked my nephew at the airport one time when he was carrying on. I didn't think he would ever do something like this, so it made me worry that maybe I was capable of doing this as well when my child really pressed my buttons.

However, once my child was born I was able to hold fast to my beliefs, and I can honestly tell you that I have never raised my hand to her and I never will. So far my wife has really respected my wishes and has never spanked our daughter as well, even though I know there are many occasions when she wanted to. I firmly believe that every parent has a right to raise a child the way they want to, but I can tell you from personal experience now, that discipline can be handed out without spanking. To me, this does nothing but make your child fearful of you, and at a certain point, the effect pretty much wears off anyway. I know this is a hot debate among many parents and experts, but I am living proof that it definitely can work.

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