Before I started school, as a child of two working parents, I was usually taken care of by my grandmother. On one of these days, when I was four years old, my grandmother wanted me to come to the store with her. However, I was in the middle of watching Clifford, so my grandmother offered me a bribe so that I would come peacefully. I promptly got up, turned off the TV and walked outside to get into the car. When we got outside, my grandma saw our next door neighbor outside and began talking to her.
Is it ever okay to spank a child? In a word, no. And the news is even more serious about spanking and its aftermath. In a recent study, published this summer in Pediatrics , researchers in Canada found that slapping or hitting a child—which is illegal in 32 countries not including the United States or Canada—was linked to their suffering from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and more later in life.