Spankings are NOT Okay

Nicholas Alipaz

I am reading Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik and I came upon a quote that she quoted in her book:

When I was about twenty years old, I met an old pastor's wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn't believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch [branch] pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking---the first of his life. And she told him that he would have to go outside and find a switch for her to hit him with. The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, "Mama, I couldn't find a switch, but here's a rock that you can throw at me."
---Astrid Lindgren, author, "Pippi Longstocking"

Toddler SpankingI came from a family that was okay with spankings and switchings too when they were warranted and I have always felt that these sorts of punishments might be okay when called for. After reading this quote I feel that a child might feel that having a rock thrown at him is equivalent to a receiving a switching/spanking.

This really hit home with me and I feel the sadness that a child might feel. The family who is closest and loves you most one day, because you did something wrong, betrays your trust by hurting you and being sadistic enough to make you choose the weapon with which the damage will be inflicted.

Well, when you put it that way... count me out!