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A new U.S. study that has drawn criticism from rights advocates says children who are spanked may grow up to be happier, more productive adults.
Researchers at Calvin College, a Christian school in Michigan, surveyed 2,600 people and included interviews with 179 teenagers. They concluded that children spanked by their parents may perform better at school and grow up to be happier than those who don't receive such punishment.
Teenagers who were spanked up to age six reported that they were more successful in school, more interested in attending university, more likely to work as volunteers and more positive about life, the researchers say....
Chastisement is godly. For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, often times. It is because of our being a humanistic, secular society, having thrown off the fear of the Lord, that we have ended up in this mess. A child should never be left to himself, go unpunished, but lovingly reproved for his actions, that he may know right from wrong, even if it means, sometimes, a smack.
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God's Word commands spanking. This is mentioned many times in Proverbs alone. I trust God to know what He is talking about.
Allow me to illustrate. I once knew a family that had three sons. The first was disciplined by his parents very well. This included the usual spankings. The second son received very little in the way of discipline (spanking) and the third even less. The first son has done extremely well for himself. The second has been in prison for a long time. The third is dead, having lived a life of crime. All of these boys had the same chance to succeed and the same opportunities. The difference was in the discipline (spanking) or the lack thereof.
Spanking should be done only when necessary. It does not mean that you beat a child half to death. Spanking should be done in love and as a stern warning in order to prevent the destructive consequences of a foolish lifestyle.
Obey the Bible when it comes to raising children, not someone who has ideas opposed to it.