Tyler Baltierra Defends Co-Star Maci Bookout’s Decision to Spank Bentley

maci bookoutJust about everything MTV's Teen Moms do these days becomes big news. So when Maci Bookout tweeted about spanking her son Bentley, we knew a firestorm was coming. It's one of the biggest dividing issues among parents and her confession has made her the newest target of the anti-spanking brigade. But lucky for Maci, a surprising ally has emerged and came to her defense.


Fellow Teen Mom star Tyler Baltierra is lashing out at her many critics via Twitter.

Dude people are ridiculous. I was spanked as a child & I turned out FINE! If you didn't give birth 2 Bentley, SHUT UP! #Damn.

I think it’s great that Tyler stood up for Maci. She has a right to spank her child if she sees that as a fitting punishment. In fact, every parent does. I have to admit, it's not a method of discipline my husband uses with our own son, but that's not to say it doesn't work for other families. I do, however, think there are ways to do it correctly and times when it gets completely out of hand.

For one, a parent should never hit a child in anger. When is it ever a good idea to do anything when you are fueled with rage? It's also probably not a good idea for you to use an object like a cord, rod, or any other painful instrument. If a swat on the behind is not enough, perhaps you should consider other punishment options.

But, I will admit, Tyler's defense does have one glaringly weak point. I am specifically referring to this: “I was spanked as a child & I turned out FINE!” The definition of “fine” may be the subject of some debate when you are talking about a Teen Mom castmember. He did have a baby while still in high school and he and his girlfriend are in relationship counseling. That's probably not a path any parent wants for their kid.

Do you think Maci is a bad parent because she spanks?


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