This was certainly a memorable line from “Mad Men’s” second season. In case you aren’t keeping up with the Drapers, 1960’s housewife Betty Draper was livid when her husband refused to spank their son. Even aside from the dramatic storyline, I remember cringing at Betty’s emotionally charged question. Frankly, it touched a raw parental nerve. We wield so much power in molding our kids. What are the long-term effects of the choices that we make as parents? Will spanking a child teach him or her a life lesson? Or will it leave an emotional and psychological scar?
According to our recent Discipline Survey, the vast majority of parents feel that spanking their children would go against the societal norm. And yet, nearly 60 percent agree that spanking is sometimes appropriate and have spanked their own child as a disciplinary measure. Most parents also stated that they were spanked as a child.
Were you spanked as a child? How has this impacted the decisions you’ve made in disciplining your kids? Do your friends and family approve of spanking? Do you prefer time-out for your kids?
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