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Does Glenn Beck Have Parenting Issues?

Reported by Priscilla - January 31, 2009 -

If Zen connotes “enlightenment,” The Daily Show’s “Moment of Zen” (1/27), provided some insight about Fox News’ Glenn Beck – an “enlightenment” that was deeply troubling. Beck, looking earnestly at the Fox News camera, admitted on national TV that he spanked his four year old son for having “caught” him in a lie (which was not described). What makes this even more troubling is that he admitted, on his radio show in 2007, to having done this before, apparently to the same child. (Raphe, an adopted child who would now be four years old.) This particular incident seems to have been the source of genuine anguish for Beck as shown by his attempting to “process” it with two other men who were part of the discussion. Beck alluded to having been “hurt” by his father’s spankings. And now it seems that Raphe has, once again, angered his dad. If this is part of a pattern, it suggests that there could be some serious issues (possibly clinical) that need professional intervention. Child development experts, generally, agree that spanking is an inappropriate and ineffective tool for parenting as it doesn’t address the real issues and could, depending on the severity of the spanking, constitute child abuse and criminal assault. What is also troubling is that Beck, in admitting this on national TV, could be providing validation for his audience to use spanking as a disciplinary mechanism. Beck’s “sharing” of this parenting experience was very, very troubling.

***Forgot to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics has this to say:

"Why spanking is not the best choice"

"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that if punishment is needed, alternatives to spanking should be used" Additionally, "the AAP, which has about 55,000 members, says spanking can have an adverse effect on children's self-image and school achievement -- and "may contribute to disruptive and violent student behavior." Hopefully Mr. Beck realizes this.

Addendum - From the webpage of the American Psychological Association:

"Until researchers, clinicians, and parents can definitively demonstrate the presence of positive effects of corporal punishment, including effectiveness in halting future misbehavior, not just the absence of negative effects, we as psychologists can not responsibly recommend its use," Gershoff writes


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