December 31, 2009

This Just In From The No Fucking Shit Department

Spanking is not bad for children. 

So this is a perfect opportunity to answer a very simple question: are kids who’ve never been spanked any better off, long term?

Gunnoe’s summary is blunt: “I didn’t find that in my data.”

But wait, it gets better.  It turns out that not spanking your children is actually bad for them:

But Gunnoe went further. She also looked at many good outcomes we might want for our teens, such as academic rank, volunteer work, college aspirations, hope for the future, and confidence in their ability to earn a living when they grow up. Studies of corporal punishment almost never look at good outcomes, but Gunnoe wanted to really tease out the differences in these kids.

What she discovered was another shocker: those who’d been spanked just when they were young—ages 2 to 6—were doing a little better as teenagers than those who’d never been spanked. On almost every measure.

Spare the rod, spoil the child.  Can I get an amen?

P.S. - My female cobloggers should feel free to comment often about spanking using lots of action words.  The inclusion of stompyboots in the anecdotes is good for bonus points.

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