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If I see a parent spanking their child, should I intervene?

Ellen Rome, MD
Pediatrics

If the spanking involves whips and belts, it is worth intervening. For a hand spanking, it is okay to look at the parent and ask, "Are you okay? Can I do something to help?" Sometimes giving the parent a chance to vent and diffuse the tension may be enough to break a cycle. If the parent asks for advice, you can suggest 1-2-3 Magic!, a great book for helping with behavioral problems.

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