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/