Spanking or the use of physical discipline is a hot topic amongst many parents. I've already given my thoughts on the matter in a previous post. I won't regurgitate all that information again, so if you want to check it out, click here. The post includes some things to consider as well as some links that provide more information, research and points of view on the matter.
As a parent, social worker and parent coach, I am always looking for ways to help parents find effective ways to discipline their children. Let's face it, it is one of the most difficult tasks of raising children. Many parents over the years have shared that they have used physical discipline as a last resort. When asked, they almost always shared their regret or frustration as well as a desire to find a different way to handle their child's behavior that left them feeling better as a parent.
Given this, you can imagine my delight to be asked to join forces with the staff from the Institute for Global Education in the first ever Grand Rapids Spank Out Day! On April 30th, parents and caregivers are being asked to refrain from the use of spanking or corporal punishment. The goal of the program is to provide information and education to parents on non-violent discipline methods. You can read more about their efforts as well as the calendar of events by clicking here.
For those of you in the Grand Rapids area, I will be part of a panel discussion on Peaceful Parenting this Thursday, April 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church which is located at 1100 Lake Dr. SE. Come on out and join the discussion. I hope to see you there!
How about you? What are your thoughts on the topic? Will you make the commitment and join in on Spank Out Day? Post your comments, thoughts and commitment!