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“Ours was not a huge community, so news spreads and friends quickly became former friends,” he says.
“I guess what bothered me most was how many people turned on me, as though I was less than human after they found out.”But during the time Cobble was under investigation, something curious happened — other parents came to him privately to offer their support and confess that they were also spankers.
And sometimes parents even hide it from themselves.
A few years ago, a Southern Methodist University psychology professor named George Holden installed audio recorders in 33 homes in the Dallas area.
“But at the same time, I can’t say that around everyone. And there are people out there who’ll think you’re a beast if you admit to spanking.”Countless debates at the edges of playgrounds may roil over how much screen time is too much and the right age to stop breast-feeding, but there’s no more radioactive topic in parenting today than corporal punishment.
This is the striking truth about spanking today: It hasn’t stopped, it’s just gone into hiding.Even as the percentage of Americans who approve of spanking has fallen dramatically in the last half century, the actual incidence of it has barely budged.