Written by Doctor G

Is it OK to Spank?


Once you get out of the work-out-of-the-home vs stay-at-home and breast vs bottle wars, there may be no other parenting issue as divisive as spanking. There are smart, loving people on both sides of this discussion. Many dedicated parents express…

  • It works.
  • I was spanked, everyone was when I was growing up – and our generation is much better behaved than these kids.
  • I never spank in anger.
  • It’s Biblical.

I’m not arguing with any of these sentiments, but I will say this:

It may work but it’s still not a good idea.

I went on Windy City Live to talk about kids and commercials. As it happens, Val Warner, one of the fantastic hosts of the show, had spanked her son the night before – on advice from his school principal. So, she asked me, did I do the right thing? This started a firestorm of social media reactions, and we changed up the day to add in this segment. Check out what a lady in the audience was willing to say – in front of her grown daughter!


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