I Remember Being Spanked
By Susan Lawrence
My mother didn't believe in spanking. But caring for three young
children was stressful for her, and one day she "lost it." I was
so angry and frightened after she spanked me that I ran to my room
sobbing "I hate you!" and hid under the bed. My mother followed
me, and apologized.
I don't remember what I had done that triggered the spanking. Not
remembering the reason for physical punishment is typical.
Instead, fear and anger are the "lessons" learned, as in my case.
When I became a teenager, I resolved never to hit a child. I
haven't broken my promise. And I have signed STEP UP* making the
commitment to intervene if I see a child being hit.
Decades of research have shown the dangers of hitting children.
Let's protect children, and spank no more.
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view and sign the STEP UP resolution.