So, even though I practice infant potty training, I'm a Conservative gal. Lots of folks who practice IPT are very anti-spanking, and that just doesn't jive with me. Maybe it has something to do with being raised in the South. If one of us kids got out of line, we got a swift swat on the rear, and you know what? We quit misbehaving. Bill Cosby does a great bit about his parenting experiences with spanking, as well as his experiences on the receiving end of spanking in his movie "Bill Cosby: Himself".
Some anti-spanking "experts" try to argue that spanking a child will only teach them to hit. Not true. A spanking gets the message across: stop misbehaving. Pretty simple, straightforward stuff. But as with most "expert parenting advice", common sense goes out the window. Then well meaning parents-to-be read the "experts", and pretty soon we have a generation of kids who won't mind. And kids that break the rules now will end up breaking the bigger rules, as in laws, in the future. So what's better? A swift whack to the rump now, or handcuffs and jail time later?
The fact of the matter is, parents are in authority over their kids. It's our job, as parents, to teach our kids the right way to behave. But our rights as parents are dwindling. Thanks to "experts" we're now seeing the government try to step in and tell the parents the best way to parent. And by "tell" I mean make it illegal to parent your kid the way that will keep them under control. For the past few years in California, they've tried to make it illegal to spank your kids. As in, if you spank your kid for running out into the middle of a busy street, they want to be able to handcuff you and haul you off to jail for child abuse.
Has the world gone mad? I'll say this. I've seen kids who don't get spanked, and I've seen kids who do get spanked, and by far, the spanked ones are the most well mannered, and the most fun to be around. To try to say that spanking is child abuse is pure ignorance. On one hand, child abusers are there to bully their kids. On the other hand, a parent who spanks her kids is doing her dead level best to make sure her children don't end up criminals.
So, if you're a parent-to-be who's on the fence about spanking, know that there are still parents who spank, and we see great results. And it ain't child abuse.