The Best Threads Of 2014: “When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?”

Over the next several days, we’re going to highlight a handful of the best discussion threads that were sparked or driven by your emails this year. Reader threads provide some of the most riveting and valuable content we post on the Dish, and they remind us every day how our readership is unmatched on the web for its wisdom, eloquence, … Continue reading The Best Threads Of 2014: “When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?”

When Does Spanking Become Abuse? Ctd

A reader is furious: Yesterday I read your readers’ tale of abuse and wept at my desk.  I endured the same torture.  I had the bruises and the welts to prove it.  It has caused me great mental havoc over the years.  And then to read the stories trying to justify the readers’ own abuse?  I … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse? Ctd

When Does Spanking Become Abuse?

Two readers offer a startling contrast to this one’s story of trauma and terror: I’m not often in agreement with Sean Hannity, but I must agree that Adrian Peterson should not lose his career or go to jail over the abuse of his kid. I don’t see a whole lot of people asking us folks who were actually hit. The … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse?

The Other NFL Abuse Scandal, Ctd

A reader lends his expertise to the Adrian Peterson case: I am a psychologist who works primarily with very young children and their families. It is disturbing to me, especially reading the comments sections of sites that are covering this story, to see how few people seem to have gotten the memo about the impact of … Continue reading The Other NFL Abuse Scandal, Ctd

The Racial Divide On Spanking Kids

In the wake of the Adrian Peterson case, various threads are emerging. Josh Voorhees investigates the race angle: The perception that black parents are more likely to employ corporal punishment than their nonblack counterparts is borne out by academic research. In one study that examined 20,000 kindergartners and their parents, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found … Continue reading The Racial Divide On Spanking Kids

The Other NFL Abuse Scandal

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been accused of beating his kid. Amy Davidson runs through what appears to have happened: This preschooler wasn’t paddled or, as Peterson put it to police, “swatted”; he was whipped with a stick and left with open wounds on his body. It’s also not obvious that Peterson has been at all … Continue reading The Other NFL Abuse Scandal