On Spanking

Is spanking abuse? Let us consult its etymology! Says EtymOnline.com, for abuse, “mid-15c., ‘improper practice,’ from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus. Earlier in Middle English was abusion ‘wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency’ (early 14c.), ‘an insult’ (mid-14c.).” Very interesting. Is spanking an “improper practice”? Yes. Is it a “wicked act or practice”? Yes. Is it a “shameful thing”? Quite. Is it a “violation of decency”? Oh, most certainly. And is it “an insult”? Ten out of ten kids agree that it is! Yes, spanking is abuse. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.