Spanking is Striking

There, I said it.

Spanking a child is child abuse. There, I said it again.

For three reasons:

  1. If same action anywhere else on the body would be considered abuse – it’s abuse.
  2. It shows children that bigger, stronger people have the right to hurt smaller people. So, big brothers think it’s OK to strike their little brothers.
  3. Not putting spanking on the list of disciplinary options – even as a “last resort” – doesn’t make it an option.

If adding spanking into the definition of child abuse isn’t possible, then yes, striking a child under 4 should be punishable by a year in jail and $1,000 fine. Kudos to California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber for initiating an anti-spanking bill.

I learned about this from NPR’s Day to Day: California Lawmaker Pushes Anti-Spanking Bill

One thought on “Spanking is Striking

  1. I couldn’t agree more. In the same way, yelling at a child teaches him to yell. Apparently rolling your eyes a lot doesn’t work either.

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