What’s the Hubbub Surrounding Spanking? (with Alison Smith)

What’s the Hubbub Surrounding Spanking? (with Alison Smith)


The American Academy of Pediatrics just put out a strongly worded statement arguing against spanking because the AAP argues that spanking can harm kids. This is controversial because a lot of parents spank their kids as part of discipline and no one wants to hear that they are doing the wrong thing, especially when they feel like they don’t have a good alternative. So what’s the deal with spanking? And are there good alternatives?


References & Resources:


Alison Smith Parent Coach

A Gift from Alison Smith: The Gentle Parenting Manifesto from


The Happy Student episodes on discipline:

“The General Rules of Discipline”

“Types of Discipline”

“Giving Logical Consequences”

“What To Do When Your Kid ‘Talks Back’ with Alison Smith”

“The Bizarre Time-Out Controversy”

“Lighthouse Parenting”



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