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New Study Says Spanking Is Okay, Even Beneficial for Certain Ages

Study Says Spanking at Certain Ages Leads to Success

Spanking is a controversial subject. There are those who proudly admit to the old school swat, and there are those who denounce the practice and are quick to point out other ways to discipline children without the physical force. Like a ping-pong ball, the studies keep switching sides claiming one minute it's beneficial for youngsters to be exposed to tough love via swatting and the next minute, a new study says children who have been spanked are better off for it... if it's within a certain time frame. Currently the ball is on the side of the pro-spanking court. A new study says that wee ones who were spanked between ages two and six actually benefited from corporal punishment. The Daily Mail reports:

Young children who are smacked by their parents grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit, research claims. It found that children who are smacked before the age of six perform better at school when they are teenagers. They are also more likely to do voluntary work and to want to go to university than those who have never been physically disciplined.

While that all sounds dandy for those who rule with a firm hand, the study also says that children who are hit after the age of six were more likely to have behavioral problems. Are you surprised by the latest claims?

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HeloiseSerapiglia HeloiseSerapiglia 2 years
I agree that spanking past age 6 is very inappropriate. I do spank my 4 year old (one or two swats to a clothed bum) only as a back up method if I cannot get him to stay in a time out. My daughter, I do not spank. I take away her prized posessions. She is good as gold if she knows I'll take way her TV show :)
TopNotch234 TopNotch234 5 years
I've always maintained that spanking is only appropriate when inflicted upon grown women of questionable virtue in a similarly sleazy locale. Good fun too.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
So, Anon #5, are you saying that since you don't want to be giving your kids "time out," you'll be spanking them at age 16?
FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
That picture is frightening! I agree with the Anon poster -- these studies are always so vague, and to me, pointless. I don't believe that every child that was spanked before age 6 performs better in school, is more likely to do volunteer work, and go to university. That just seems so strange. I don't think I'll be spanking my daughter just because there is a slight possibility that she may do more volunteer work as a result! I think I'll stick to other tactics :)
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