WHAT THE FLYING FUCK?!
the weird thing is that this happened in texas. “its bad to spank your kid to discipline them, but the death penalty is an ok way to disciplined crimnals”
I really hate this. Not because I’m all for child abuse, but because we’re slowly turning into a country that will throw a parent in jail for light punishment.
What’s keeping any cheeky kid out there from calling the cops and getting their mom thrown in jail for giving them a smack when they’re really being awful/unruly? Kids bite and punch and kick and now it’s like if you leave the faintest mark on them when you’re trying to get them to act like a human being, you can be completely fucked and have your kids taken away.
(Then again, growing up, me and my mom had fist fights to settle our differences.)
There were marks. That requires a shit-ton of force, much more than required for just spanking. Also, this is a fucking 2 year old. It’s OK to leave marks on a 2 year old when spanking them? Are you fucking kidding me?
There were red marks, not bruises. It doesn’t take a shit-ton of force to make a red mark. I just experimented on A’s arm. She gave me a look like “why the fuck are you hitting me”, and her arm is already turning red. I understand that A is obviously not a two year old, but it doesn’t take BRUISING, SOUL CRUSHING FORCE to put a welt on someone.
The buttocks are different than the arm and red marks take more force to appear there, also children are somewhat more resilient, particularly children just under the age of 2. We also don’t know the exact circumstances, and it is entirely likely that the spanking had nothing do to with discipline but rather was done out of anger. This is akin to the way media reports a rape as “Woman regrets drunk sex when out on date with local football star, he’s found guilty of rape.” That said, I am completely against spanking. It far too easily leads to hitting out of anger and is completely unnecessary for discipline.
If you can’t spank someone else’s kid to discipline them, then you can’t spank your own. That’s where I stand on the issue. Even if a kid is biting or scratching you, you are the adult, which means you have physical and social power over them. You have to be the bigger person and not resort to the childlike response of hitting to get your way. I work with foster children and their parents, and I would be fired if I used physical discipline, and the parents would be legally reprimanded if they spanked their kids too. But there are many cases in which I must dole out discipline. There are plenty of ways to discipline a child without resorting to physical punishment. And if your child is so incorrigible that you feel that hitting your kid is the only way to stop them, then your kid is acting out some serious mental health issues and needs professional help, not a spanking.