Opposition to parents spanking their children has been growing significantly in elite circles over the past few years. And, my blogs on spanking are among the most read of those I publish. Therefore, I’ve decided to, with the help of the research of my friends Den Trumbull, MD, S. DuBose Ravenel, MD, to look a the arguments used against spanking, to see if they hold any water. This is the seventh in a 12 part series.
Argument #6: Spanking teaches a child that “might makes right,” that power and strength are most important and that the biggest can force their will upon the smallest.
Counterpoint: Parental power is commonly exerted in routine child rearing and spanking is only one example.
Other situations where power and restraint are exercised by the average parent include:
Power and control over the child are necessary at times to ensure safety, health and proper behavior.
Classic child rearing studies have shown that some degree of power, assertion, and firm control is essential for optimal child rearing.
When power is exerted in the context of love and for the child’s benefit, the child will not perceive it as bullying or demeaning.
Here’s the entire series:
You can read more of my blogs on spanking here:
By the way, an introduction is in order. Den A. Trumbull, MD is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Montgomery, Alabama. He is Vice President of the American College of Pediatricians. S. DuBose Ravenel, MD is a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in High Point, North Carolina. He served for 11 years on the pediatric faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine prior to entering private practice.