Spanking as a disciplinary method has become a topic of controversy in recent years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that it can be ineffective and harmful. Despite this, there are still parents who stand by this approach.
One such parent is Kelly Clarkson, a celebrated singer, songwriter, author, and TV personality. In a recent radio interview, she bravely defended her decision to occasionally spank her children when they misbehave. She emphasized that she doesn’t advocate for any form of physical abuse, but rather a gentle spanking.
Growing up in Texas, spanking was a normal part of Kelly’s childhood. She firmly believes that it shaped her into the well-rounded individual she is today. “I’m from the South, y’all, so we get spankings,” Kelly shared. She even mentioned how her mother would give permission to the principal to spank her if necessary.
Despite the support she receives from fellow parents who share her beliefs, Kelly acknowledges the challenges she faces when disciplining her children in public. She often encounters disapproving looks and judgments. Nevertheless, she stands by her choice and believes in its effectiveness.
Kelly values open communication with her children about discipline. Before resorting to spanking, she warns them and calmly explains the consequences of their actions. Surprisingly, this approach has proven beneficial. “I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m going to spank you on your bottom if you don’t stop right now, this is ridiculous,’” Kelly shared. “And honestly, it’s really helped. She doesn’t do that kind of stuff as often.”
Now, the question arises: Do you agree with Kelly Clarkson’s approach to disciplining children? Or do you believe that every parent should have the freedom to discipline their children as they see fit? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments on our Facebook page.
In addition to being an accomplished artist, Kelly Clarkson was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a dedicated parent, she continues to inspire others with her talents and her willingness to openly discuss the challenges of parenting.
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