The Great Spanking Debate
It’s not quite as divisive an issue as politics or religion, but the debate on whether or not to spank children is still controversial. Hit TV show Blackish devoted a [somewhat controversial] episode called “Crime and Punishment” to the topic in 2014 in which the parents tried to predict their 8-year-old son’s future should they spank or not spank him. After the dad spanked him once, they decided never to spank again.
Parents who are for it often rationalize that they were spanked as children and turned out just fine. But those against the discipline tactic are just as outspoken. “Congratulations, you’re lucky,” is what Melanie Blow, chief operations officer of the Stop Abuse Campaign, says to those parents. “By spanking you, your parents stacked the odds against you. All of us have ridden in the car without a seatbelt, too, but that doesn’t mean we would want to do that to our kids.”
Blow says statistics show that children who are spanked are more likely to be impoverished and are more likely to grow up to be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.