A Look at Spanking & Its Effects

To spank or not to spank….

That still is the question for some parents, though there are signs that parents of younger children, age 0 – 5, are increasingly opting for a no-spanking approach to discipline. This sounds like a good trend as we learn more and more about the long-term effects of this practice . Here to talk with me about it in this episode is clinical psychologist Dr. Linda McGhee of McGhee & Associates. We discuss the recent policy statement on spanking written by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Academy reiterated its stance from 20 years ago that it does not recommend spanking on the grounds that it makes children more aggressive and increases the risk of mental health issues in both the short- and long-term. I hope you'll listen and, please, share your thoughts below! (Air date: January 11, 2019)

Guest: Dr. Linda Fleming McGhee, Clinical Psychologist, McGhee & Associates/http://www.mcgheeandassociates.com

2 replies
  1. Linda Burke
    Linda Burke says:

    I have to recommend a woman who has helped to change my relationship with my children – Shefali Tsabary. She has written several phenomenal books on becoming a Conscious Parent. Please consider her as a guest in the future!!!!

    • Carol Muleta
      Carol Muleta says:

      Thank you so much for your note. I am familiar with Dr. Tsabary’s work and appreciate her emphasis on building the parent-child relationship. I would absolutely welcome the opportunity to have her join me on Parenting 411.

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