The idea behind spanking is that it serves as an adjustment/punishment for someone who you cannot reason with - redvip2000
Children of every age can be reasoned with. The issue is parents that cannot make the effort to work out how.
ECAN6 - Today, I don't think the same and comparing a kid to an adult is a false analogy. As a kid, I destroyed properties, played endless pranks, transpassed every where I could, lied, cheeted and beat up other kids. In the end, I was conciously doing these things as I knew all would be forgotten by law as long as I was under 16.
You say your dad saved you by beating you, yet go on to say that your behaviour continued anyway, so the beatings did not stop you. All kids will misbehave, some moreso than others, whether they are beaten or not. But beatings are not a more effective way to raise children in the short or long term.
Speedracer - This is one of the statements and arguments my JW coworker came up with. Look how the children of the world are growing up and how much trouble they get into because of lack of discipline and spanking. The bible says........
You will have trouble reasoning with this person, as the arguments show a very narrow and uneducated viewpoint and reasoning ability. "Look how the children of the world are growing up" is one of those comments that is hard to come back to, as the person provides no evidence to support such a claim. Since it is not quantifiable they will dismiss anything you say, and turn it into a he-said-she-said battle. The reality is that children are not growing up bad because of a lack of spankings, but because of a lack of quality time, love and guidance. JW children are no better. Remember that 2/3 JW children leave the religion, despite their Bible based upbringing. Of the JW children I grew up with, several have commited suicide. Several are very severely addicted to drugs. 50% are now divorced. Some have been in prison. Several fell pregnant out of wedlock. It is not that they grow up better, just that whilst they are having problems they are abandoned by the religion.
"The Bible says ..." is a nonsense statement, as they cherry pick which parts to apply. The Bible also said to stone a stubborn child to death.
Deut 21:18 “If a man has a son who is stubborn and rebellious and he does not obey his father or his mother,+ and they have tried to correct him but he refuses to listen to them,+ 19 his father and his mother should take hold of him and bring him out to the elders at the gate of his city 20 and say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, and he refuses to obey us. He is a glutton+ and a drunkard.’+ 21 Then all the men of his city must stone him to death. So you must remove what is bad from your midst, and all Israel will hear and become afraid.