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Sep. 18 2009 - 3:10 pm | 66 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

Which comes first: poverty or spanking? Friday news round up


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The LA Times reviews a new Duke University study that tries to untangle spanking your kids from being poor. The study shows that poor children are way more likely to be spanked, but it also makes them more aggressive and slows their development.

It sort of asks the question – are kids spanked because they are poor and then become poor because they were spanked?

The study says parents often spank because they themselves are dealing with challenges – like being a young or single parent or living in poverty – and they also might reflect that poor parents are preparing their kids for a life full of these same challenges.

The UN and the World Bank are reporting that billions around the world are sinking deeper into poverty, with 1.3 billion people making less than $1.25 a day.

The Senate voted to continue a policy that would require able-bodied public housing residents to do 8 hours of community service a week if they’re not working. Chicago already has a much more stringent policy in place, so it’s not really news here. Most interesting, however are Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s comments about how we put requirements on public housing residents who get government money, but we haven’t put any requirements for community service on Wall Street execs who got big bailout money from the feds.

I personally would like to see AIG executives in some sort of jumpsuit, picking up trash on the highway. Maybe just for personal satisfaction? They might be able to use a character-building activity.

Last but not least, the Poverty to Opportunity campaign talks about a new report on what it takes to be self-sufficient in Illinois. The results are pretty shocking. Here’s a little snippet:

On average, an Illinois working parent of two has to make $49,030 to meet the family’s most basic needs without any public or private assistance. Think that seems like a lot of money? You are not alone, as the report estimates that 1 million non-senior Illinois households make less than $49,030 a year.

Man, what chance do us regular people – janitors, police men, teachers (and journalists…) – have?

On that happy thought, enjoy your weekend. See you all on Monday.


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    Jose Rodriguez

    Although this article is attacking the poor circle of this society, lets not of generalize something that might be suited for the poor. Every family has different situation. In addition, I have never been spanked before but I wonder why sometimes why my mother did not do it. furthermore, its another story if the child was over spanked which in this case is not spanking but “Abuse”.

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    Message from Montie

    I don’t necessarily know if I agree with those who are poor automatically spanking their children, but I do believe that those who were spanked are more likely to spank. I’ve had numerous arguments with a past co-worker about Joe Jackson because she kept saying he didn’t beat Michael Jackson, she just spanked him. She justified it by saying she does the same thing and they stop crying after awhile. I don’t understand why spanking has such great lengths. I’ve talked to parents who used to use extension chords and tree branches and asked them do they realize how similar that was to slaves being whipped. Usually Black parents will think for a minute before responding. It’s strange to me how someone can hate something being done to them as a child and then go off and do it to someone else. Another example: hazing in Greek fraternities and sororities, they’ll hate the hazing process and turn right around and do it. Blows my mind.

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    Child buttock-battering vs. DISCIPLINE:
    Child buttock-battering for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit.
    Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit.
    I think the reason why television shows like “Supernanny” and “Dr. Phil” are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do.
    There are several reasons why child bottom-slapping isn’t a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals:
    Plain Talk About Spanking
    by Jordan Riak,
    The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
    by Tom Johnson,
    by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.
    Most compelling of all reasons to abandon this worst of all bad habits is the fact that buttock-battering can be unintentional sexual abuse for some children. There is an abundance of educational resources, testimony, documentation, etc available on the subject that can easily be found by doing a little research with the recommended reads-visit http://www.nospank.net.
    Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child bottom-slapping isn’t a good idea:
    American Academy of Pediatrics,
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
    Center For Effective Discipline,
    PsycHealth Ltd Behavioral Health Professionals,
    Churches’ Network For Non-Violence,
    Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
    Parenting In Jesus’ Footsteps,
    Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children,
    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
    In 26 countries, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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