The experience of Hannah Cho Iriarte is similar to many of us. She was spanked as a child and can recall vividly many of the times her parents used a rod on her. She wrote about her experience in the Pacific Daily News.
Today Iriarte is a first time mom. She faced with an issue many parents in today’s society face. Is it ok to hit your child?
NFL lineman Adrian Peterson faces charges of child abuse after he hit his four-year old and left marks still visible on his son’s body 10 days later.
Like Iriarte, I too was spanked as a child. I raised both a boy and a girl. I have to admit I did spank them on occasion, perhaps a handful of times for the two of them combined–although if you ask them, they might say it was more than that.
Nonetheless, it was not something I wanted to do. The timeout was a more frequent punishment in our house.
Various readers of Iriarte’s column chimed in with their own thoughts on the issue. You can read many of those comments in the Pacific Daily News.
What’s your take? Is spanking an effective form of punishment? More importantly, is it ever appropriate?