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

Mom Janelle Harris says she'll only stop when it's not effective
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 1:26 PM CDT
Corporal Punishment: Why I Still Spank My 12-Year-Old Daughter, by Janelle Harris
How old is too old to get spanked?   (Shutterstock)

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 every so often: You could wind up being in the friggin’ Guinness Book of World Records for rapidest growth spurt or tallest tween-ager. Doesn’t matter to me. If you get out of line, I will mount a chair, climb a step stool, or scale a ladder just to knock some sense into you."

Sure, Harris has tried other forms of discipline, but sometimes restricting friends, Internet, and TV just isn't as effective as corporal punishment, she writes. When her daughter has "clearly lost her doggone mind, she needs a swift pop to bring her back to her senses." Of course, there's always a discussion that goes along with the "wrong side of my open palm," Harris writes; her daughter is never the recipient of "excessive, haphazard slaps." As far as Harris is concerned, she'll only stop spanking her daughter when the punishment stops being effective. Click to read Harris's full piece, which includes the tale of a spanking she received in high school. (More spanking stories.)

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