Spanking Parents Have Crappy Relationships

spankingThink spanking your toddler is the way to get their attention?

Time to call in the couples counselor -- new research indicates spank-happy parents are more likely to have trouble in the adult relationship.

The chance that both parents spank their kids was almost double when there was "aggression" in the relationship.


The research comes out of Tulane University, and it was published in the most recent issue of Pediatrics, based on data from more than 2,000 families.

Sounds thorough, but there's one major failing here: the research only focused on unmarried couples.

In fact it came from a study called the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Anyone guessing the deck was already stacked against these families?

I hate to lump all unmarried couples together -- I know a lot of great parents who don't care about that piece of paper.

Way to make them all sound like a bunch of child-abusing crazies.

That said, if there's violence in a relationship, it stands to reason that will extend to the kids. It doesn't matter if you're married or not.

And if you're taking out the aggression on your kids by spanking them, you shouldn't be surprised that they're running to pre-school and smacking other kids.

Violence begets violence.

Hmm, maybe we should send this report over to the Middle East?


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