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Why Spanking Doesn't Work

Posted 10.14.2014 | Dr. Phil

When you’re a parent at the end of your rope with your kids, it can be a dangerous set of circumstances for everyone. In the midst of a discipline n...

James Dobson: Beat Your Dog, Spank Your Kid, Go to Heaven

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 10.10.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a childrearing book. It sat on a bookshelf in our house for months until I couldn't stand the sight of it any more. Finally I got rid of it.

When it Comes to Corporal Punishment, Just Don't Do It

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

Desired behaviors are more likely to be learned by kids as worthwhile in their own right, not adopted under threat of harm.

Spanking, Whooping, Beating: It's All Hitting

Elizabeth T. Gershoff | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth T. Gershoff

It is time to flip the adage on its head to say, "I turned out OK -- not because I was spanked, but in spite of it." Current and future generations of parents can break the cycle and raise confident, well-behaved children without hitting them.

Spanking Children: Does the Bible Tell Me So?

James D. Tabor | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Spanking in one form or another is as American as apple pie--and the practice is deeply rooted in, and most often defended by, a reading of traditional translations of the English Bible.

It's Never OK

Michele Reiner | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Michele Reiner

Last week NFL player Adrian Peterson turned himself in on charges of child abuse after a session of disciplining his 4-year-old son left cuts, welts and bruises on the boy's body. The gruesome incident sparked a national debate about whether or not it's ever OK for a parent to hit a child. Research shows the answer is a resounding "No!"

Our Mindset About Disciplining Children Must Change

Kelsey Minor | Posted 09.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kelsey Minor

Our mindset must change on discipline and the manner in which our children are disciplined when behaving badly.

Spanking Would Be Easier

John Kinnear | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

Without arbitrary consequences for their defiance, I guess we're going to have to teach them the actual reasons why they should listen to our instructions. This presents two challenges. We're going to need good reasons, and somehow we have to get them to believe us.

However You Call It, 'Whooping' Kids Is Wrong And Cannot Be Defended

Andrea Nair | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

Can we all declare a clean slate? Can we admit that harsh physical punishment is no longer appropriate? We do know better so it time for all of us to do better in this regard.

Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, And Why It Doesn't Matter If That's How You Were Raised

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can't believe it's 2014 and I have to spell that out for people.

Emily Swanson

Even Supporters Of Spanking Think What Adrian Peterson Did Should Be Illegal

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Parents

The vast majority of Americans think what NFL running back Adrian Peterson allegedly did to his 4-year-old son -- a spanking that left bruises and bre...

An All-American Ass-Whoopin'

Mark Morford | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Mark Morford

America! You know what you need? Besides better bourbon, less Jesus and fewer conservatives? That's right: A good whoopin'. A serious spanking. Maybe ...

NFL Has Opportunity to Enforce #NoHitting Policy

Areva Martin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Areva Martin

We can't expect adults to refrain from violence if, as children, they learn it's acceptable when cloaked in terms of "discipline." We cannot interact in ways that rely on or revert to any form of physical and emotional battering, even if we label it "discipline" or "tough love."

In Some Countries, It's Illegal To Hit Your Child. The U.S. Is Not One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child injury case last week after reportedly using a small tree branch to hit his 4-y...

In Zimbabwe, Corporal Punishment Is the Preferred Tool for Shaping Children's Behavior

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

As a mischievous child, being beaten up by parents and relatives for various misdemeanors became normal. I simply thought nothing of it; I did not think there was anything wrong with it.

Spanking Does Not Equal Discipline, or Respect

Mike Cruse | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Mike Cruse

As the initial excitement that sent me sky-high with joy predictably began to fade, and I started to come back to earth with my emotions, I was met by something I wasn't ready for -- fear. My joy of finding out that I was getting my opportunity to be a father took a serious turn down a fear-based path that I was caught off guard completely.

Do Parents Really Know Best When Disciplining Their Children?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

We want to raise children who are resilient to adversity, loss, and addiction and mental health problems. But spanking is not the tool that is going to achieve the desired result.

'Supernanny' Jo Frost: There's No Justification For Spanking

Posted 03.06.2014 | Parents

When it comes to spanking, "Supernanny" star Jo Frost give clear advice: Don't do it. Frost joined HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd for a conversation ab...

Is Yelling the New Spanking?

Sarah Maizes | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Sarah Maizes

I'm not proud of myself for yelling. In fact, I start each day with the notion that I'm not going to yell... ever again. I'm going to be "easy-going" and "keep my cool" and impress upon my children that their mother is peaceful, serene and just.

Does Kansas Need a Spanking?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.23.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Well, Kansas sure isn't shy about letting the world know how it feels about gay people. But the logic of Kansans has always been hard to figure out.

Lisa Belkin

Does Outlawing Spanking Lower The Crime Rate Years Later?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents

Spare the rod and lower the crime rate? There is a growing body of data suggesting such a link. The Charlemagne blog on The Economist’s website ...

Spanking For Jesus? Fringe Christian Group's Controversial Tactics

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion

When a follower of the Christian Domestic Discipline movement decides what to hit his God-fearing wife with, research is important. A hairbrush, for e...

Montana Republican Pushes Draconian Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Montana, who once asked to be paid in gold coins, has introduced legislation that would allow convicted...

OH, BEHAVE! Now You Can Give Annoying Friends A Cyber Spanking

OhGizmo | Posted 02.11.2013 | Technology

People can be so annoying sometimes. Not just in real life, but also in the virtual world as well. Sometimes this annoyingness gets magnified to ridic...

An Experiment in Not Minding My Own Business

Maureen Anderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

How do you thank your kid for helping you grow up?