Beat Your Children Well
It’s only by chance that we found the following two stories on the following two websites, but having found them, we think we’ve also found the secret of the universe.
CNN, September 16, 2009:
Spanking detrimental to children, study says
Think a little spanking won’t do much harm to kids? New research says the effects can be long-lasting.
Experts say “popping” kids can do more harm than good. A new study of more than 2,500 toddlers from low-income families found that spanking may have detrimental effects on behavior and mental development.
Fox News, Monday:
Study: Spanked Children May Grow Up to Be Happier, More Successful
Young children spanked by their parents may grow up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit, a study has found.
According to the research, children spanked up to the age of 6 were likely as teenagers to perform better at school and were more likely to carry out volunteer work and to want to go to college than their peers who had never been physically disciplined.
If you’d like to play the home game, did you grow up in a family full of CNN anchors, or Fox spokesbots? From your answer, we can determine not only your relative degree of happiness today, but also your blood pressure and psychiatrist fees.