If You Need Police to Supervise Your Parenting, You’re Doing It Wrong

sadchildRecently, a dad in Florida wanted to spank his 12-year-old daughter — so he called police to supervise. Her offense? As local ABC affiliate WPBF reports, she got into an argument with her sister. Now, I’m not here to judge his reasons for wanting to spank her but I’ve got no problem judging the decision to spank.

It’s wrong. The end. Forget that it doesn’t work and studies have shown it makes your kids resent you and act out even more, but maybe the fact that you need to call the police to make sure what you want to do to your kid is legal means you’re doing it wrong? Just a thought. Just because you’re limboing just under the technically legal bar doesn’t make it right. A police-supervised spanking. Holy hell, I’ve seen it all.

What is perhaps most shocking is that this is not one random piece of news, it’s happened many times before. The sheriff tells the news,”It’s definitely not something we advertise to do, and even though law enforcement has been willing to help out in this situation, watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle.” In fact, Undersheriff Noel Stephen said he has personally supervised approximately 12 spankings.

To recap: a deputy came to the house, watched a father spank his daughter, determined it was legal, and went on about his day. I’m sure that girl will have no issues with authority figures later on in life after being spanked at 12 years old by her father while a cop watches approvingly. A cop. You know, the police? The people we teach our children to go to if they’re in trouble?

Kids learn by example. If kids experience adults smacking them around for any reason, why wouldn’t they do the same thing? If your kid gets into trouble at school for hitting another kid, how are you going to discipline him or her? Hit him? Because that makes sense. I don’t know about you but I want to raise kids that respect me, not kids that are afraid of me because I smack them around, police supervision or no.

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