Kelly Clarkson Admits She Spanks Her 3-Year-Old Daughter & People Are Calling It Abuse

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If there's one mama who's not afraid to live in her truth and tell it like it is, it's this one. Kelly Clarkson admits she spanks her daughter if and when necessary. And of course it's causing controversy, with some people calling the Grammy award winner's actions child abuse.

  • Kelly recently opened up about life as a mom, which might include a few smacks on 3-year-old daughter River Rose's tush should she get out of line.

    Kelly is a proud mom of four. She and husband Brandon Blackstock have two children together, daughter River Rose, 3, and son Remington, 1. The singer is also a stepmother to Brandon's children Savannah and Seth from a previous relationship.

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  • "I'm not above spanking, which people aren't necessarily into, and I don't mean anything like hitting [River Rose] hard, I just mean a spanking," Clarkson admitted to 98.9 The Buzz.

    "I warn her. I'm like, 'hi, I'm going to spank you on your bottom if you don't stop right now -- like this is ridiculous,'" the 35-year-old mom continued in her interview.

  • The celeb mom also admits she was spanked as a child and doesn't see much wrong with it.

    "So my parents spanked me and I did fine in life and feel fine about it. But I do that as well, too," Clarkson mentioned. She continued:

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    "So that's a tricky thing when you're out in public, 'cause then people are like, you know, they think that's wrong or something. But I find nothing wrong with a spanking .... I'm from the south, y'all. So like, we get a spanking. My mom would call the principal -- like if I ever ended up in the principal's office -- and give permission for her to spank me .... I'm a well-rounded individual with a lot of character, so I think it's fine."

  • Many people applaud Kelly's honesty and her decision to spank her child if she feels it necessary as a mom.

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  • Others agreed to disagree with the celeb mom, mentioning it is possible to raise children without using corporal punishment.

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  • Some, however, feel spanking is a form of physical abuse and reiterates to kids it's okay to hit.

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  • Spanking will forever be a hot-button topic among parents. And while many moms will take different approaches, it should be assumed they love their children.

    Though the American Psychological Association speaks out against spanking -- noting that it can have long-term effects, and can lead to things like aggression and even mental health problems -- Kelly is certainly not the first or last parent who will smack her kids on the tushie if she feels they're out of line.

    Even in disagreement (assuming you don't agree with her actions), it's important to still be respectful, as we mamas are all doing our best -- or what we think is best.

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