Video of dad spanking child in public divides people – Abuse or old school discipline?

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When it comes to parenting, there is always much debate. What some believe is the right approach to raising a child, others consider not much appropriate method.

Although kids are different nowadays than we used to be when we were their age, there are still people out there who believe that children needs spanking every now and them. Many argue that they were spanked and even beaten as young children and they still turned out all right. Others, however, believe that in the year of 2022, there is no place for “old fashioned discipline” such as corporal punishment.

This is the reason why a video of a father spanking his kid out in the public caused such stir on the social media.

He could be seen placing the boy on a chair before hitting him forcefully on the backside, to the disbelief of the passersby who witness the incident taking place right in front of their eyes.

As he finished hitting the boy, he turns to the girl who is sitting next to them and tells her to sit her ass down. Her response is a simple “okey.”

This raised the question of whether it is ever acceptable to use force against children. It is true that kids drive their parents crazy at times when they misbehave, but is that a reason enough to beat them?

Football quarterback Lamar Jackson commented on the video saying, “I turned out fine,” suggesting he was hit as a kid. Some users called those criticizing the actions of the father as ‘soft.’

One person wrote, “I’m a black mama… I never struck my child with anything, including my hand, and she turned out fine. By the way — my black mama did whip butts and I, too, turned out fine. Parenting styles are as diverse and unique as we are as individuals.” Another one said, “Turned out fine in spite of, not because of. The fight or flight hormone is released during any physical altercation and your brain can’t decipher ‘punishment’ vs sheer violence and still releases the hormone. This creates adults prone to anxiety, irritation, trust issues. It also desensitizes the child to violence and often ends up repeating and worsening the pattern of violence.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that those children who receive corporal punishment become more aggressive and face the risk of mental health issues. “Experiencing corporal punishment makes it more, not less, likely that children will be defiant and aggressive in the future,” the group’s guidelines to pediatricians says, according to NBC News. “There’s no benefit to spanking,” said Dr. Robert Sege of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. “We know that children grow and develop better with positive role modeling and by setting healthy limits. We can do better.”

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