Appreciate that and good luck on your decision. I thought I would add some thoughts about that article so here goes.
CNN: “A study published in April found spanking declined in the US between 1993 and 2017, partly due to changing attitudes among millennials and Gen X parents, who appear to be spanking their kids less than previous generations.”
There’s a piece in that article that somewhat confirms my 20 year time frame when parents started to adopt a more lenient attitude on spanking. Although I believe it really became more prevalent as “the right thing not to do” in the early 2000’s. It appears the change in attitude was more of a cultural movement rather than actual scientific substance. I’ll try and prove down below.
CNN: “The pediatricians' group suggests adults caring for children use "healthy forms of discipline" -- such as positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, setting limits and setting expectations -- and not use spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming.”
CNN: “hitting a child with an object; hitting or slapping on the face, head or ears; throwing an object at a child; beating; hitting with a fist; punching; kicking; washing a child's mouth out with soap; throwing down; choking; burning; scalding; and threatening with a knife or gun," Gershoff said.”
The article clearly lumps all the forms of discipline together without seperating spanking which is the main issue so aren’t you being a bit devious in your tittle attachment? No offense partner.
CNN is doing what CNN does, mislead people in believing lies are truths.
CNN: “One study, done in Colombia in South America, found that young children who were physically punished gained "fewer cognitive skills"
Look at this masterpiece.
Here’s one study? Yep, they added “one” study to prove that children who were physically punished (didn’t say spanking how convenient) “gained”(WITW) “fewer” (make up your mind) cognitive skills.
I would like to know what is the degree of difference between the physically punished and the ones who weren’t. It was one test how hard could it be to chart out the margin of difference here, beside it doesn’t matter. They are mixing all forms of punishment together because the one punishment “spanking” is contextual unlike all the others that are clearly abusive.
The article is a bottomless pit of bad journalism, all agenda based for one primary reason, to take fundamental Christianity out of society completely. I can say this because I was spanked. It’s the one thing my dad did right.