September 15th, 2014
11:08 AM ET

Is Spanking Okay?

Do you think corporal punishment is acceptable?

After a grand jury indicted NFL player Adrian Peterson on a felony charge of child abuse, his lawyer spoke out saying that Peterson used "a switch to spank his son" in doling out discipline much like "he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas."

Basketball player Charles Barkley has defended this same cultural argument, saying "I'm from the south. Whipping, we do that all the time. Every black parent in the south is going to be in jail under those circumstances."

On "New Day" Monday, Marc Lamont Hill argued that spanking 'can be done effectively.'

But CNN commentator Mel Robbins said spanking is part of  'lazy and dangerous parenting.'



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  1. Teresa Scott

    Yes! My parents did not abuse me. I am a well adjusted adult. I was spanked, with hand, belt, and switches. When I grew up schools spanked, I got it there and when I got home, for misbehaving. I never sassed, back-talked, disrespected an adult, like the kids nowadays do. There wasn't monthly school shootings either. Kids in general graduated from school. Went onto college or got jobs and worked. Kids had values when I was growing up. For the most part kids in my day behaved, because we knew what would happen when we got home if we didn't. Take a look at kids nowadays. Many are disrespectful, have a overall feeling of entitlement, are suspended from school or expelled, uneducated, Most can't spell the simplest words or write a declarative sentence. Why, what's the difference? Too many parents spare the rod and spoil the child. They have done them no favors.

    September 17, 2014 at 5:40 am | Reply
  2. Andrew

    No, physical punishment should never be used. Studies have shown that children who are spanked can suffer from depression, addictions, and are at a higher risk of developing a mental disorder. It has also been proven that children who are spanked have a lower vocabulary and have a lower IQ than children who are not physically punished.

    If you are at work and someone does something you don't like can you go over to them and spank them? An adult hitting another adult is assault. If a husband hits his wife its domestic violence. If we hit an animal its animal cruelty, but if we beat a child, who doesn't know any better, its discipline. By hitting a child, you, as a parent are saying that violence is the answer and solves problems. If has also been proven that while spanking might stop the behavior temporarily, that behavior is happening again 10 minuets later. So how effective is spanking your child?

    I was never spanked as a child but if I misbehaved I knew the consequences. While my parents had final say they made me an active part in my punishment. They had me give suggestions on what I thought was an effective punishment for what I did. This caused me to think and use my cognitive process before I acted. I would always think is the risk worth the reward. While my parents and I do not always get along, I have to admit that we are very very close and I believe this is because they built a trusting and loving relationship with me. They were always people I could be honest with and always showed me they loved me by showing me respect, If they spanked me I would probably never talk to them and resent them for what they did.

    September 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  3. George Haley

    When I was a child, up to the age of about 13, on several occasions my father spanked me. These were not casual affairs. He used a half inch dowel on my bare bottom. The last spanking of this sort was as I was finishing the eighth grade, for telling my mother a lie. The only thing this accomplished was to turn me into a more cunning careful liar, i.e. it didn't teach me not to lie. A useless exercise in discipline.

    September 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  4. George Haley

    As a child I was quite harshly spanked on several occasions, my father using a half inch dowel. The only learning I did from these episodes was to become more careful and cunning so my father wouldn't know.

    September 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  5. Louise Lund

    You can't tell me that most of the time spankings aren't just a temper tantrum on the part of the parent. To me it is disgusting and to say it's ok because you were raised that way is even stupider.......

    September 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  6. Ken Scully

    Like every color in the rainbow, every child is different, one from another. One child is as calm as a lake on a still, sunny day; another is caught in a storm of frenetic activity. One child listens intently; another cannot because their own internal soundscape is too loud. One child is accepting, never questioning what they are told; another is curious and questioning by nature, and must know for themselves. One child is patient and focused; another impatient and scatter-brained. One child is comical and friendly; another is serious and withdrawn. One child is blindly obedient, so eager to please; another senses injustice and powerlessness, and are confused by thoughtless demands, or enraged by angry, dishonest ones. Some children are sensitive; others are not, but the most sensitive among children, are the ones who float on the stormy seas of their parents emotions. Those children will have a very difficult time, indeed. – See more at:

    September 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  7. Lou

    Yes it is ok, I think some people go to far with the punishment of spanking, and I disagree with Mel Robbins, I rather that than punish the kids for hours in their room without TV or games or nothing to do, I thing that it's worst that a soft spank...!!

    September 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  8. Michael

    Why is a commentator from/in Newton have a Boston backdrop?

    no matter. I believe that the commentator was not raised in a very strict household. She might have been one of those priviliged kids screaming "I hate you" to her parents for not buying what she wanted.

    I believe that Adrian Peterson felt bad after seeing the welts on his son being worst than what he intended. As resilient as children are, their skin is not going to be able to withstand the same amount of punishment that an adults will. And he genuinely feels bad about that. But, I don't believe this needed an indictment. I think his ex is trying to screw him over and that's what this comes down to.

    September 15, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Louise Lund

      No, and if my ex abused my child, I would be furious....Adults need to practice self control. If you are friends with your child and truly there for them, they're not going to go astray and need to be abused by a parent who lacks self control. I hate that way of thinking...

      September 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Reply

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