The Pope Says, “Beat Yo Kids!!!”

little boy-popeThe Catholic Church has really gotten a bad rap over the past 20 years or so…okay, maybe longer….but this new pope, is giving the Church life.  His views are refreshing and more realistic than any pope that I’ve seen in my lifetime, and for the sake of the church, I hope this trend continues.

It seems that Pope Francis is now poking a bee’s nest in the pediatric community by supporting the issue of spanking children.  Please know that the headline for this blog post is in joking fashion, it is never cool to beat children.  However, no child has ever died or suffered serious injury from a firm swat on the ass and a stern talking too.  Especially when their behavior is putting them in harms way and they don’t respond to simple requests.  I’m sure this story will be just the tip of the iceberg on this subject so I wanted to join in on the debate.  I too support spanking.  I believe that taking that form of discipline from parenting is the reason the world is asking, “What in the hell is wrong with today’s children???”.  The Pope is likely to catch a lot grief over this one, because everyone who supports spanking does, but I’m behind him 100%.   Pope Francis, keep kicking ass and taking names.

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7 Responses to The Pope Says, “Beat Yo Kids!!!”

  1. Ebonstorm says:

    Talk that real talk. As a parent of color, the spanking I deliver today may be the prevention of my child being shot tomorrow for having a smart mouth at the wrong time. Everyone is not given the benefit of the doubt as the dominant subculture. Where a White kid can mouth off at the police and still be escorted downtown without injury, a Black child has no such protection and can be returned to the parents,chewed on by police dogs, damaged, brutalized or even dead for even mouthing off a little bit. Don’t get it twisted, I don’t use corporal punishment as my first line of problem-solving, far from it, but I do recognize, if I don’t stop small behaviors while they are small, by the time they become too big to correct, the System is only too happy to put a bullet in my kid to “correct” the problem…permanently. Can’t have that. Spank your kid, save a life…

    • raisinemreal says:

      I’m always telling people, if you don’t spank your kid now, the police will beat them later. The choice is yours. Some kids can be talked to. They have the type of personality where they are well suited for instruction. Other kids, Type B Personalities have a need to test boundaries. And no amount of talking to them is going to stop them from exploring the possibilities. If you catch these issues while they are small, they will be easier to control as the child grows to a stage where physical control is no longer an option. It’s ok for children to fear their parents. They should. There’s no room for friendship in parenting before the age of 18. Thanks for reading.

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    I never encourage violence because some people cannot stop once they get started. I am one of those people and nobody loves their children any more than I. I lost control once and I got help from Parents Anonymous; I attended for more than 15 years and became a much more effective parent. I firmly believe that any parent that resorts to abuse has just not found what works for their child.

    I fully understand the dilemmas black parents face raising children. When a white officer shoots a black person of any age it is on them – their inner bias – not on the black person. As you well know, a black teenager can do everything perfect and still get shot.

    If the pope is telling parents to beat their children then I have lost a lot of respect for him. And I am not Catholic.

    • raisinemreal says:

      Actually the Pope is not advocating”beating” your children, however he is suggesting a form of discipline that is necessary in some societies. Not every parent has the “time” to discover what works for their children. In addition to that, children are not who they used to be 15 years ago, or even 2 years ago for that matter. Children are fed 10x’s the information that Generation X had access to. I’m not screaming for censorship, however, as parents we have to adjust our ways of living along side the advances.
      Beating children is horrible and criminal. What the Pope is suggesting is that most spankings are meant to get a child’s attention. Not to hurt them. The act itself should never leave marks. That’s what the Popes means when he follows up his statement with, “As long as you leave the child with their dignity”. Spanking doesn’t have to mean abuse. And for parents who know they have uncontrollable tempers, regardless if they spank their children or not, they should already be in treatment for anger management because the first step to getting help is admitting that you have a problem.
      It is very possible to be a firm parent without crossing the line to abuse. People who abuse children don’t just go overboard once. They do it repeatedly. And that’s not because spanking doesn’t work, that’s because that parent has a mental illness that needs to be treated.

      It’s the same as the dilemma that the U.S. faces with gun control today. We can’t ban all guns because some people aren’t responsible. Just as we can’t rid ourselves of an effective form of discipline because a select group of people have unresolved psychological issues. And there’s nothing wrong with having psychological issues, just about every person on the planet has one if you’ve ever taken a psychology course. However, if you recognize a problem within yourself, get help. Especially if you have children. And that’s how we can move forward in the fight against child abuse. We get help to the parents.

      • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

        I grew up with beatings every week, especially when my mother was on her period. I decided as a teenager that I was not going to do that and I didn’t. Except for that one time when I was under extreme pressure to make my kids listen for their own safety. When I snapped – that one tome – I lost my children for 6 months and CPS literally ripped my family apart. All from one loss of control. Do you think the Pope would have defended me or stopped CPS from destroying my family? No, he wouldn’t. The Pope is playing with fire when he gives the okay for spanking that can easily get out of control.

        Spanking is the choice of someone who wants a shortcut good kids and there is no real shortcut. I only put my hands on these last two kids less than five times in their whole lives. They grew up respectful because I respected them, not because I beat them into submission.

        You can choose to hit your children if you want, I chose a better way.

  3. jewamongyou says:

    The pope may be right on this point, but he’s way off the mark on other issues, such as immigration into Europe.

    • raisinemreal says:

      While I was raised Catholic I can’t say that I much of a Pope watcher. However, with that said, this particular pope has done so much to change the Catholic image, and is so outspoken and stands so firm on his beliefs that I love him for his character. He’s not afraid of people disagreeing with him or being upset with him. He doesn’t have all the right answers, but he does have some helpful suggestions and he’s not afraid to voice them. And that’s real leadership if you ask me. We can’t change the world with our mouths closed. Thanks for reading. And I agree with you about the immigration issue Europe. We have the same battle here in the US about the Mexican border. I guess we all need to start making suggestions until we get a solution that works the best.

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