Can you still slap your kids bottom if they do wrong in this day of age?

Just as the title shows. Are parents allowed to slap their children in a way like they could many years ago?

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  • Speaking from the US, yes. Not only is it not illegal, but who's going to stop them?

    Personally, I'm on the the fence on this issue. I think physical discipline is an option, but should be exceedingly rare. Like once-in-a-lifetime rare, if that.

    Just make sure that whatever you are disciplining your kids with isn't WORSE than spanking. It's not automatically better than spanking just because it's not spanking. I don't want to hear about how you never strike a child and then see them starving in a corner for hours or getting publicly humiliated.

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  • It's still common. Good ol spanking will sort out problems or create a spanking fetish.

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  • Absolutely zero reason to ever strike a child.
    Was never a reason to do it then, and there isn’t a reason to do it now. You can be a revered authority figure without it.

    Potential parents should be given better schooling and support. Too many are completely oblivious to child developmental psychology, and too many are so emotionally and physically drained that they return home on an empty battery and low patience.
    A bunch of stressed out and frustrated people can not kindly and correctly raise children

    And the people who say “I was hit and I turned out fine”, no, you didn’t, you’re thinking about hitting a child you don’t even have yet as a punishment for a problem that hasn’t happened yet. That’s not ‘fine’ behavior

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    • The developmental effects of spanking are kind of exaggerated. A 2013 meta analysis of longitudinal studies by Ferguson found the effect on child mental health was greatly diminished after controlling for confounders.

      What we might actually be seeing is that violent and mentally ill people pass those genes onto their kids, not that getting the belt as a child causes you to grow up and be mentally ill.

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      • My mentioning was not so much focused on the psychological consequences that come from being hit as a child - but that an understanding of developmental psychology would equip parents with better skills to address /where/ a child’s “troubling” action/behavior is coming from, and /if/ that child’s action/behavior is even “troubling” to begin with.

        Should the child be acting out based on pure confusion, perhaps having not learned what we are teaching them to be the correct response, then a physical punishment is just plain unfair.

        When we know the signs/situation that trigger a child’s misbehavior we can remove potential issues all together. We shouldn’t be even getting to a place where violence is seen as the only solution.

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        • Yeah, that makes sense.

          I think more important than punishment is teaching responsibility related to the behavior. Like if a kid scribbles crayon all over a wall the punishment could just be cleaning the crayon off the wall.

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  • I had a wooden spoon broken on my ass once. I just think it's funny my ass broke my parents favorite spoon. And before anyone goes off on my parents just know I was a little cunt and totally deserved it.

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    • No lie, my mom broke a wooden spoon on my ass too. It split along the wood grain. You should have seen the look on her face.

      I think more parents should spank their kids, we'd probably have less school shooters.

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    • I once urinated on a sauna stove. That shit took weeks to clear out. That assbeating was definitely warranted

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  • Why do parents who hit only hit their small child and not their mature ones? Because the small ones cannot defend themselves.

    It's sick to hit children.

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  • slap there ass it is the only thing they understand

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  • You can still smack your child here and my step-dad used to spank me. I was 5 when he and my mother got together, so when it first happened I was so angry because my mother never laid a hand on me. I threw a major tantrum, throwing stuff about and screaming so he just spanked me again until I behaved. I felt betrayed by my mother. However, it did work, I did not throw a tantrum like that again. I really liked my step-dad but to him it was like I didn't exist most of the time so I would provoke him to get his attention. He did not like backchat and he would give me a few warnings and then if I did not behave I got spanked. He never lost his temper and it was always the same punishment. Sometimes I was able to avoid it if I could get away he would let it slide but if I didn't he would take me to my room put me over his knee and smack me five times, he would count it out. It hurt because it was bare skin but it didn't hurt that much. I've actually got a step-son of my own now and I cannot imagine me smacking him for anything. It's just not in me....

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  • A child can sue the parents for spanking them, but yes you can still in the same way spank your children, spare the rod and you'll spoil the child, you should beat the wickedness out of them.

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  • In Tennessee they paddle kids in schools. Almost every county asks parents permission before doing it. The only parents that have went to the media that had a problem with it also approved of the paddling which I don't I think they have much of an argument when they basically were the ones that made the decision.

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  • No that's child abuse.

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  • It's illegal here now to hit your children (and rightly so), so no.

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  • Not a lawyer, not legal advice

    Law varies by country and state/territory. Sweden, Germany, Kenya, and some other random countries have banned spanking. Answering from a US perspective, yes if the parent does it. Schoolteachers are no longer allowed to do it. Basically every state legally differentiates between spanking and child abuse. States like Washington and Illinois have a legal criteria for “reasonable and moderate force.”

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  • It depends on where you live. Some places still accept it while others don't.

    If you ask me, you shouldn't be hurting kids regardless.

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  • Hugs and kisses instead.

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  • Why do you want to put your hand on a kids' bottom?

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