In praise of positive discipline | What the American Academy of Pediatrics thinks about spanking | Podcast episode 252

I love this picture. Mom and son, strong together : )

I did a happy dance a few weeks ago when I read that American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its guidelines on spanking and corporal punishment. This 67,000-doctor organization is coming out strongly against spanking, humiliating, and frightening children as discipline.

Today I’m rebroadcasting my conversation with former AAP president, Dr. Benard Dreyer. Dr. Dreyer gave such wonderful advice for parents as we raise our kids, and to my surprise it’s been more than 2 years since this interview first aired! Time flies.

In the preshow, before our conversation, I read from the newspaper article that had me doing my happy dance, “Spanking is harmful, ineffective, group says.”

Hope you enjoy this episode, and that it helps you remember to keep your discipline positive!

Go to for:

  • The link to the article about the AAP’s stance on spanking
  • What’s up in the We Turned Out Okay universe, including tons of free resources : )
  • The video of the week: Off this week, returning after Thanksgiving

And thank you so much for listening!

Video of the Week:

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Key Links

Click here to read the article that had me doing my happy dance.

Click here for Dr. Arthur Caplan’s first WTOO appearance; click here for his second.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Parenting Community… But you might want to wait to join until tomorrow if you’re listening in real time. Just sayin : )


In the WTOO Universe

Join the private WTOO Facebook group… Click here!
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Click here for the We Turned Out Okay Facebook page.

Click here for the Karen Lock Kolp page in YouTube, where you’ll find helpful videos (like this one on what to do when your child is jumping on the couch for your attention, at the worst possible time.)


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