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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CBS4) – Kelly Clarkson is facing criticism after she spoke candidly about spanking her 3-year-old daughter when she misbehaves.

“I don’t mean hitting her hard,” the American Idol winner said in a recent interview. “I mean just a spanking.”

Clarkson explained that she warns 3-year-old River Rose before spanking her — and says it has been an effective deterrent.

“I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m going to spank you on the bottom if you don’t stop right now, this is ridiculous,’ and honestly it’s really helped. She doesn’t do that kind of stuff as often.”

Clarkson is also mom to 1-year-old Remington.

Clarkson said her parents spanked her when she was growing up in Texas.

“I’m from the South, ‘ya’ll, so we get spankings,” she said. “My parents spanked me and I did fine in life.”

“I’m a well-rounded individual with a lot of character, so I think it’s fine,” Clarkson added.

A 2016 Gallop Poll shows that 62 percent of American parents approve of spanking

However, The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against spanking children or using physical punishments.

“That only teaches aggressive behavior, and becomes ineffective if used often,” the AAP states. “Instead, use appropriate time outs for young children. Discipline older children by temporarily removing favorite privileges, such as sports activities or playing with friends.”

Comments (5)
  1. Pat Norris says:

    It is easy for “spanking” to cross the line into “physical abuse.” Believe me, I know!

  2. Lili M Lagan says:

    Spanking did not make my children aggressive, violent or abusive, but I know a few kids who didn’t get spankings or groundings that ended up in the jail that my son works in as Metro detention officer. I was spanked and I am not aggressive nor am I violent. Ever since the fifties and that stupid book telling us how to raise our children, more and more kids have become godawful brats, bullies and disrespectful of everyone, especially their parents.

  3. Ted Myers says:

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with spanking a child that does not listen to stop commands from their parents. Now understand, spanking is TOTALLY different from beating. My entire family (siblings, in-laws, etc.) were spanked and all turned out to be good upstanding productive citizens. Those children that are punished through other means seem to be the most mal-adjusted children I have ever met, or dealt with as a career Paramedic. A parent needs self control when administering spanking, but it is a great way to stop bad behavior in it’s tracks. Good job Kelly!

  4. John Stolz says:

    There is absolutely zero evidence that spanking makes kids violent. It teaches them there are consequences to bad behavior. Good for her. I have seen the kids that have grown up with no discipline, no tough love and not consequences. It is bad. I spanked my kid exactly 2 times in his 22 year life. He is one of the most polite, nicest kids you would ever meet. So, spanking, when used judiciously has great benefits.

  5. I stand behind her decision to spank, Kids who do not get discipline turn out to be entitled punks who know NO consequences to bad behavior.

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