I'm disappointed in Sandy Banks' rationalizations for hitting her children. In fact, there is no evidence-based debate over hitting or spanking children, any more than there's a debate over the link between tobacco use and cancer. Hitting (spanking) children is linked to a wide range of negative outcomes.
Like Banks, I was hit as a child and vowed never to hit my own children. And like Banks, I ended up spanking my daughters. Unlike her, I met with my grown daughters and told them that hitting children is always wrong. I apologized. I suggested that, because they were hit, they risked repeating this with their own children.
Instead of trying to end the cycle of poor parenting choices, Banks' rationalizations perpetuate our own parenting mistakes.
David M. Dozier
These studies on spanking are not only ambiguous but completely subjective and biased.
The anti-spanking crusade started about 50 years ago; consequently, many more children today than before are infrequently spanked.
How successful has this approach been? We seem to be surrounded by narcissistic, ill-behaved and self-absorbed young people whose language has degraded to such an extent that a declarative sentence cannot be expressed without an expletive.