Friday, June 19, 2009

Kate spanks the baby!

So, one of the eight got a spanking this week. Oh, my! Now the tabloid headline reads, “Kate hits her child. Should she have her children taken away?”

I should probably start by saying I’ve only watched the show once or twice and only for a few minutes at a time. My husband controls the remote and rarely will it land on “Jon and Kate plus eight.” On one hand, I guess she’s asked for this media frenzy herself by opening her home to cameras 24/7. On the other hand, a girl’s got to make a living, especially with eight mouths to feed!

And when did spanking become child abuse? I know it’s not what “Super Nanny” would do, but who among us was not spanked growing up? And remember the big paddles teachers used to hang on their walls?

I had the sweetest, prettiest first grade teacher, but if you misbehaved, she would take you out into the hall and whack you within (what sounded like from inside the classroom) an inch of your life. Students would come back in hysterical tears, and she’d be beaming. Gives me the shivers just thinking about it!

My two younger children are lucky. I gave up spanking when I told my oldest to clean her room, and she responded with, “Can’t you just give me a spanking?”

It just wasn’t working. As for Kate and Jon and their eight, I guess the verdict is still out. What do you think?

1 comment:

My ADHD Me said...

I think there is a huge difference between a spanking and abuse. Unfortunately, if you give that spanking at the grocery store, even though most everyone is silently praising God for you, there is always one person who considers it her moral duty to report you to CPS....sigh....there's one in every crowd.