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Kansas Bill Would Allow Spanking That Leaves Marks

But would still ban hitting with belts, fists

(Newser) - A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers, and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks. Current Kansas law allows spanking that doesn't leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the... More »

UK Children's Official: Ban All Parental Smacks

Maggie Atkinson says it's strange that pets get stronger protection

(Newser) - Britain's official in charge of children's welfare may have just launched a national debate on the nanny state. Maggie Atkinson tells the Independent that she thinks parents should face criminal punishment for even mild smacks of their kids. The quote roiling up the British press:
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Foster Mom Jailed for Spanking Kid With Spoon

Will be sentenced to 100 days behind bars

(Newser) - A wooden-spoon spanking is landing a Connecticut foster mom in jail for third-degree assault. Jami Littlefield, 51, will be sentenced to 100 days in prison and two years' probation after she pleaded guilty to hitting a 4-year-old girl with the utensil, the Day reports. The child was "acting out,... More »

Spanking Can Hurt Future Mental Health

Kids should never face corporal punishment: researcher

(Newser) - Your adult woes really could be mom and dad's fault, assuming they spanked you. A new study points to a "significant link" between corporal punishment of children and a higher risk of adult mental health issues. In a review of government data on 35,000 adults, the study... More »

YouTube Video: 'Dad' Spanks Boyfriend for Statutory Rape

'That's what Chelsea got,' the attacker says

(Newser) - An apparent act of vigilante justice is going viral on YouTube and sparking a debate over the proper punishment for statutory rape, Huffington Post reports. In the video, a supposed dad spanks the adult boyfriend of his young daughter for having had sex with her. "You got lucky, James,... More »

Plenty of Schools Still Rely on Spanking

Paddling is especially popular in northern Florida

(Newser) - Think spanking in school is extinct? Think again. Nineteen states legally permit teachers and principals in public schools to spank a child, reports NPR . In Florida, for instance, more than 3,600 kids were spanked in 2010, usually with a wooden or fiberglass paddle, and usually in a rural district... More »

Preacher's Spanking Book Linked to 3 Child Deaths

Tenn. minister Michael Pearl urges using a switch on babies

(Newser) - The deaths of three children have been linked to parents who reportedly own a popular but controversial spanking book by a Tennessee preacher. The book, To Train Up a Child, by Michael Pearl of the No Greater Joy Ministry, promotes using a switch on babies as young as 6 months... More »

Judge Admonishes Mom for Spanking Daughter

She gets five years' probation, must attend classes

(Newser) - A mother in Texas who got arrested after spanking her toddler received five years' probation and a stern lecture from the judge this week, reports KZTV . "You don't spank children today," District Court Judge Jose Longoria told Rosalina Gonzales. "In the old days, maybe we got... More »

Why I Still 'Smack' My 12-Year-Old Daughter

Mom Janelle Harris says she'll only stop when it's not effective

(Newser) - Janelle Harris's daughter is 12 years old, as tall as her mom, and old enough to borrow her clothes, shoes, and make-up. "But she’ll never be too big and bad to get smacked," Harris writes on The Stir . "I have to remind Miss Preteen Thang... More »

Birthday Spankings Land School Principal in Hot Water

Principal gave students a 'pat on the backside' for each year

(Newser) - For students at an Iowa elementary school, birthdays mean hearing your name during announcements, getting a new pencil and calculator, and … being called to the principal’s office for a birthday "whammy." What's that? A light spanking from Principal Terry Eisenbarth with a padded hockey stick,... More »

Serial Spanker Faces Charges

Henry Allen Fitzsimmons offered 'scholarships' to needy young women

(Newser) - Virginia businessman Henry Allen Fitzsimmons offered a deal to single mothers, recovering drug addicts, and other young women needing help: He'd give them an allowance, a home, and promised to pay for their college education—if they'd agree to be spanked if they broke his rules, like failing... More »

Postpartum Blues Hit Dads, Too

And those fathers are more likely to spank their young kids: study

(Newser) - New moms aren’t the only ones who may end up battling depression: Dads can face a similar problem, and those who do are more likely to spank their 1-year-olds, a study finds. Some 40% of depressed fathers reported spanking kids that age, while only 13% of dads who weren’... More »

Spanking Makes Kids Aggressive

Docs recommend time-outs rather than corporal punishment

(Newser) - Spanking an unruly child may make a parent feel better in the moment, but the effects on the spank-ee are negative and long-lasting, new research shows. Tulane University scientists looked at 2,500 3-year-olds, waited 2 years, and controlled for other factors that might have influenced their behavior. "The... More »

Spanked Kids Have Lower IQs

Offspring of hands-off parents test better: scientists

(Newser) - American children whose parents use spanking for discipline have lower IQs than those who aren't spanked, a new study finds. Researchers assessed about 800 2- to 4-year-olds and 700 5- to 9-year-olds and revisited them 4 years later, reporting a dropoff of up to 5 IQ points in kids whose... More »

Kate Defends Spanking Daughter

Mom under fire in latest brouhaha to hit Jon & Kate Plus 8

(Newser) - In the latest brouhaha to hit Jon & Kate Plus 8, the brood's beleaguered mom is defending her controversial spanking of daughter Leah that was captured by paparazzi. The series of still shots show Kate Gosselin jerking the arm of the 5-year-old, reaching around Leah's backside, and finally, Leah clutching... More »

Spanking's Stressful, but S&M Brings Couples Closer

(Newser) - Spanking your partner may ratchet up their stress hormones, but they’ll thank you when it’s over, according to a new study. Researchers measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 13 men and women at one S&M party, and testosterone levels at another. Those on the receiving... More »

8-Year-Old Accused of Murders Kept Spanking Tally

Boy swore 1,000th spanking would be last: police

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Arizona boy charged with murdering his father and a family friend may have kept a written tally of his parents’ spankings, swearing that the 1,000th would be the last, the Arizona Republic reports. Police records say the boy “is believed to have made ledgers and or... More »

200K US Students Spanked Last School Year: Report

Blacks make up disproportionate number of the punished

(Newser) - Over 200,000 US children were on the receiving end of corporal punishment last year, and a disproportionate number were black, a pair of human-rights groups finds. Black students, who make up 17.1% of the national school population, made up 35.6% of those paddled, CNN notes. Overall spankings... More »

Spanked Kids May Become Sex Aggressors: Study

Heavy corporal punishment increases likelihood of masochism, rape

(Newser) - Though some 90% of American parents do it, spanking remains highly controversial, and research being released today will probably fan the flames, Newsweek reports. Heavily spanking kids has a major effect on their eventual sex lives, a new study finds, making them more likely to coerce a partner into having... More »

Stripper Spanks Schoolboy While Class Watches

British teen gets real birthday 'surprise'

(Newser) - A British teenager who was supposed to get a "gorilla-gram" for his birthday instead got a spanking from a stripper dressed as a policewoman in front of his teacher and classmates, reports Sky News. The boy's mother had arranged for an unidentified agency to give her son the "... More »

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