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Is spanking your kids wrong?
Wed, May 9, 2012

The Criminal Code of Canada says that "a parent is justified in using force by way of correction if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances." Do you think it's wrong for parents to spank their children?



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Hey Gordon S, not too late for you to start learning. 'The "highly educated", who would never even defend themselves from an attack'. Kind of destroys your argument, the highly educated would be less inclined to resort to violence or sexual assault, would be more inclined to examine their lives and not live in an ignorant reactionary way.
Bernie, 2012-11-25 12:44:38

I would say that spanking ins a poorly choosen way of correction, a rash and reactionary way. (hurts me more than you? BS) Most parent just have way too much ego invested into their offspring. And really what qualifications do one have to be a parent? A societal theme is that parenting is one of the more important task, but do most parents really believe that? If you want to build something of superior quality it takes the right mindset, hard work, patience, and the willingness to learn. Spanking is just a cheap and hasty way, a path to low quality teaching your kid that beating on something is how you fix a problem.
Bernie, 2012-11-25 12:12:43

Kudos! What a neat way of thiinkng about it.
Ireland, 2012-09-27 12:40:21

Absolutely it should be illegal, it is assault and should be treated in the courts as a domestic assault.

No excuses for beating kids. Hold the accused for a bail hearing, and make the sentences count.
Greg, 2012-09-08 19:49:03

The "highly educated", who would never even defend themselves from an attack, want no spanking. There is a time and a place for spanking in moderation. Just because you are not able to do it without it becoming an attack, doesn't mean that other parents can't.
Gordon S., 2012-09-08 13:39:02

I'm talking about spanking in moderation when the parent HASN'T lost control. If you lose control and just beat up a child, then yes, I don't agree with that at all. There is a time and a place for hitting with everyone. If my wife was being raped by some guy, then yes, I would definitely hit the guy. I wouldn't stand there and try to reason with him. Of course, quality of time is important and parents today use the excuse that they are too busy to provide their children with it.

People tend to go to extremes - it's either beating up your kid or never laying a hand on them. There is something called common sense and moderation. Spanking shouldn't be necessary, but there comes a time when it might be. I don't mean beating up a child either.
Gordon S., 2012-09-08 13:36:20

No, I don't think so. Oddly, it seems that children that require it the most are the ones who will never get it. Argue all you want of the rights & wrongs, the worst of young adults (wannabe gangers) were never touched & knew it. Or worse yet, being around someone's brat who will run roughshod over you & your kids knowing full well 'they won't do anything' entitles them to full carde blanche in their behavior. Acceptable behavior. Unfortunately, this means to many, their rights or behavior is above you & your property. Respect plays heavily into this. No respect, they do as they will. Beating the crap out of kid (no matter how deserving some may need it) is certainly not the answer, but a smack on the butt, to bring around the attention span & drive home a point to a child who in the middle of a temper tantrum or simply not complying with the instruction of adult, is not unacceptable. Anyone who has had to sit & watch some lazy-a$$ parent try to nag their kids into stop doing something they shouldn't be doing (which is usually annoying someone else or treating another kid poorly, doing dangerous things, etc) will make you want to spank the friggin' parent. You are in charge, not your kid.
John M, 2012-09-08 09:54:24

I believe spanking is justified when necessary. Saying no, you cannot do that or what you did is wrong does not cut it. I was brought up to respect my elders, and you should never lie, cheat, or steal. Today, if you speak to a child of even 10 or younger, they are real quick to tell you to F... Off. Something that wouldn't be tolerated in my day. Also, the rare ones that are great do stand out and are noticed. Old adage "Do the crime, Pay the fine"
Janet Nordin, 2012-09-08 08:17:49

charmaine... you're delusional.

there is nothing wrong with spanking.

spanking, not beating, not whipping, not "tanning their hide"

just spanking.

brother throws a rock at sister, they are told not too and explain to them why they do not do it, 2nd time they are told not too, and what to expect if it happens again.

3rd time, they are spanked, they are told why it is not ok to throw rocks, and why they are being punished.

then they cry, they think about what they did, why they did it, and why they won't do it again.

and guess what?

I never did it again.

lesson learned.

todays kids are either not being taught right from wrong, or they are not open to receiving the lesson being taught.

either way, time outs, one on one time, talking about the problem, etc... it's BS. if you don't believe it, just look at todays world... would our parents have tolerated the BS parents do these days? not a chance.

done... end of discussion.
beakie, 2012-09-08 01:08:04

Not a Chance! I grew up in the era of spankings and despite what some people may think I turned out just fine. Also I grew up with a respect for authority that is severely lacking today. I see in the news today there is a Liberal Senator pushing to make spanking illegal.. really?? Do everyone a favour and keep your noses out of our homes! Perhaps if more parents of the nineties would have done more spanking we wouldn't have an entire generation of young adults that don't respect authority (police, or employers for example) The "Don't Spank" movement has damaged our society. Remember that the next time you ask a teenager or young adult for that matter to stop doing something that is out of line and he or she flips you the bird and tells you to go ____ yourself.
Morgan from Manitoba, 2012-02-06 16:45:03

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