It was all over the news last weekend: According to a study from the University of Hampshire, spanking kids lowers their IQs. So at least now I know why I didn’t get into Mensa…
Joking aside, the study found that spanking a kid ages 2 to 4 will lower her IQ by 5 points. Spank a kid ages 5 to 9, and their IQ points suffer by 2.8 points.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman from The Today Show says continually spanking kids causes stress, and they can’t learn well when they’re stressed. “Spanking takes a toll on brain development,” she stated.
So I asked some parents from Baristaville and also from my hometown near Louisville, Kentucky, whether they spank. I wondered if there’d be a regional difference. Here’s what I found when I asked the question, Do you spank?
“Never. I was spanked often as a child, and I listened because of fear, not because of a lesson learned.”
“I did give a swift slap to the tush if they ran in the street.”
“I have, but it doesn’t seem to work anyway. So it’s one of my parenting mistakes.”
“Do you mean children…or partners?” (Um, I’m not going to comment on that…)
Middle America Parents:
“There is a difference in a spanking and a beating. Yes, in our house, we have spanked.”
“I don’t believe in beating, but I believe in spanking.”
“Spanking is hitting, and I can’t get my head around spanking my child at one moment only to turn around and try to teach him that it is wrong to hit other people.”
So is there a regional difference in spanking? I would say anecdotally that Middle Americans own up to spanking. Maybe they spank more. But folks in these parts spank, too. In our spanking poll in July, a 46 percent majority of responders spank. What’s your take?
Will spanking keep them out of the Ivy League? Is that the reason we should stop?