Spanking Isn't Always Wrong

Some say you should never hit your children. But what about "Spare the rod, spoil the child"?

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Yes, some parents definitely go overboard. If we're going to err on one side or the other, it's better to underdo it. And once children reach a certain age -- around 12 or so, in my book -- I believe that there are better, more effective methods of correcting them and disciplining them. But especially in children's formative years, corporal punishment should be in the parents' toolbox.

After all, I got spankings when I was little, and I turned out "alright."

Deron Snyder is a regular contributor to The Root. He can be reached at

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