So I don't mean to go all Negative Nancy on you again, nor am I someone looking to pick a fight with other parents. However, let's get one thing straight here: spanking is a cutesy name for beating.
If you spank your child, you are beating him.
I belong to many mother/parenting Yah.oo! listservs. I think they are phenomenal resources from finding out where to buy a gently used Ci.ty Mi.ni to the best infant swim classes in the area to listening to advice on infant b.m.'s. <---Yep, I went there.
Recently, a mother sent out a plea to her fellow mothering comrades. In sum: My 3 year old is batshit crazy. He won't listen. I'm out of my mind. What do I do?
E-mail responses were sent directly to this mother with an anonymous compilation blasted out to the entire group. I read every. single. response. Why? Well, I knew something was going to rub me the wrong way, and who doesn't love a little argument within one's own mind and then a relevant blogpost?
Here is the most stunning, stop in my tracks, find the husband, sit him down on the couch, read and scowl response that I came across:
Wow. WOW. Mr. Ugly? Wooden spoon? Terrified child? Under what circumstance does this necessitate a smiley face!?!?
I am deeply distraught by the fact that this parent not only found this behavior acceptable, but adorable! She even states that they
may most likely will use this same tactic with their younger child; a child with special needs no less. In times like these, I am so thankful that the compilations to such questions are anonymous because it would take all of my willpower not to retaliate on this individual.
Now this is where I ask a question.
However, none of this is up for discussion in my view point.
It is what it is: TRAGIC.
How would you respond in such a situation?
Would it be appropriate to blast out another response to the entire group,