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  1. So Mr. Psych Major,

    What is the long term benefit/costs of spanking kids?

    • tough call.

      Ritualized spanking, where a child is spanked long after the event, put into a position over a lap, that’s obviously going to create “issues” later in life.

      But kids are robust. They’ve been given powerful tools to survive and persist in physically and emotionally stressfull situations.

      Pain is nature’s best teacher. I think slapping a hand when a child tries to touch something, or flicking an ear bully-style is harmless, and can produce the desired behavior. Positive reinforcement is much better than negative reinforcement. Or corporal punishment. But all are legitimate tools for conditioning behavior.

      If your spanking sessions replicate scenes from naughty movies, don’t be surprised if your kids end up in naughty movies eighteen years later.

      But that’s just my opinion. When in doubt, do what Cesar Millan does, stay calm and assertive and take the little ones out for a long walk.

  2. Like usual Jeff, you know me pretty well.

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