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Is there a way to execute corporal punishment in public without triggering unknowing and irrational fears in strangers? No, not in this day and age. I would not spank in public, but that doesn't mean I would do nothing. Removing a child to a private place for a little sit-down or a time out would be my choice. Removing them to a private place for a swat ...


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I will echo the sentiments of anongoodnurse and Brian Robbins: The best way to use corporal punishment in public is to not use corporal punishment in public. Without taking a stance on the practice itself, it's clear that it's not typically acceptable behavior for public places. Public places almost always have private places you can remove yourself to. ...


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There was a study carried out by Professor Joan Durrant, University of Ontario, looking at the Swedish smacking ban called A Generation Without Smacking [PDF], first published in 1999. The key findings: Decline in public support for corporal punishment Decline in smacking/slapping children as a form of punishment No deaths of children as a result of ...


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I took a sociology course in college and one of the main topics was spanking and how it is harmful. The professor taught us many reasons, such as the adult is showing the child that physical harm is an acceptable means of control, that the child cannot trust the adult, that since spanking is rarely a consistent behavior (especially because the parent is not ...


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I stick by the old adage "Praise in public, discipline in private." My parents had no qualms about taking me outside if we were in a restaraunt, or back to the car if we were at a park or something similar. Since disciplining your child is your business and no one else's, I would take your child to the restroom or back to the car. A restroom works ...


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I'm neither a philosopher nor a behaviour specialist, but my reasoning goes along these lines (and doesn't come with any warranty): Young kids learn to deal with everyday life by copying/imitating whatever their parents do. Until a certain age they consider that anything that parent does is the right thing to do. What they don't understand at 2 or 3 is why ...


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You can't avoid getting judged for your parenting decisions. Just look at the responses on this page. If you didn't spank, other people would judge you for trying to logically reason with a three year-old throwing a tantrum, thereby dragging out the child's misery, not to mention annoying everyone in earshot. Here's some things to keep in mind, though: ...



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