from the annual Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Baltimore, MD
This afternoon I sat through a presentation on a study aimed at improving parenting by using a positive parenting video at well-child visits. The chief measure was change in reported use of spanking. The intervention video didn’t make a dent in parental use of spanking though.
Now, I’m sure there are scads of research on why spanking makes for bad parenting and I’m certainly not advocating spanking as a daily event. Still, my personal experience is that there are few better motivators for good behavior than the threat of a crack on the backside from the old parental units.
And hey, I turned out OK.