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Adorable video of 3 year old “debating” his mother leads to debate on spanking

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Leave it to the media to find a reason to debate something as adorable as this.  But this cute video of a toddler trying to debate his mother has gone viral all over the web.  It’s also led to a debate about spanking and whether or not it’s OK.  We’re curious to know if our readers were spanked as kids, and if so, whether they were as damaged and traumatized as social scientists lead you to believe.

Also, for those kids who are out of control, cussing at their parents and doing horrible things, what would have been a better way to punish them?

Here is the video, and the rest of what Huffington Post has to say about it is below.  Enjoy.


The above video has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube with sites calling it “adorable” and “hilarious.”

And yes, little Mateo — who asks grandma for a cupcake after mom says no — is definitely both of those things.

But there is one part of the clip that nobody seems to be talking about. In the midst of Mateo’s monologue, he tells us that “It’s gonna burn [my] butt.” And his mom says, “You and Kevin don’t listen, so I have to give both of you guys pow-pows on your butt.” That’s a mother and son talking about spanking, one of the more controversial disciplinary actions.

Former HuffPost Senior Columnist, Lisa Belkin, argues that the spanking “debate” shouldn’t exist, because there aren’t two sides — decades of research shows that spanking is ineffective and psychologically harmful. But still, news outlets and other parenting blogs discuss the practice often. The real news here is that the Internet is choosing to ignore that part this time, for no clear reason.

READ MORE  via A Video Of A Toddler Pleading For A Cupcake Has Gone Viral, But Is It Really Funny?.

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  • au: so, why don't he just try it in jail while he's there for 30 years? View Post
  • Truth North: As a mother and black woman, I don't want to jump on the bandwagon pertaining whether black children are targeted or not because a lot of white children have it too. I just want to address the fact that a lot of mothers are in dark because they didn't realize that their child got there 1st vaccination at birth. In the hospital your child get a treatment for their eyes for stds, a shot in the leg for vitamin k so that their blood will clot and hepatitis b. The point I'm making is even when you state that something was always wrong with your child you may not even realize that the vaccination damage may have started from birth so your child may not have a fighting chance to have established any behavior that was normal for them. The other thing is for all the parents on the fence about whether to vaccinate or not and you are leaning towards vaccinations then go back to the old schedule where you start at 3 or 4 years old and remember vaccinations are supposed to be given to healthy kids. Do not give vaccinations to a child with a cold, ear infection, small pimples on their faces it could be bacteria, white patches on their tongues -thrush, blotches on their bodies eczema, fever even if it is a persistent low grade fever. If your child is always hot but not alarming to the point where it is a fever it is still not the time for the shots because it means that there body is fighting of an infection. I just feel mothers need to know what to look for and make educated decisions. View Post
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  • Debo: Thoroughly agree with this post. It is unfortunate the African American community suffers in silence with this curable disease. Too proud, more often than not in seeking therapy and taking medication for this illness. African Americans unfortunately "self medicate" which results in worsening their illness, ie: receiving treatment for Drug addiction and not an underlying mental illness. The vicious cycle yet continues. View Post
  • chris: i feel for her pain wow hope she gets the help she needs View Post

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