Kelly Clarkson Defends Decision To Spank Her Kids

Kelly Clarkson Defends Decision To Spank Her Kids

Kelly Clarkson is in the middle of a social media debate over how she says she disciplines her kids - the same way her parents disciplined her, with a spanking.

The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer said she warns River before spanking her, and that it seems to reduce the amount of misbehavior.

"They are challenging", she admitted to reporters during The Voice's Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday. "I just mean a spanking", Clarkson clarifies.

The "American Idol" victor clarified, however, when discussing spanking her 3-year-old daughter: "And I don't mean like hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking". "My mom would call the principal if I ever ended up in the principal's office and give permission for her to spank me ..." I'm a well-rounded individual with a lot of character, so I think it's fine'.

"I'm not above a spanking, which people aren't necessarily into".

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"Because I think in life, as adults, it's very hard for us to be still".

"Good for her, parents today do not discipline their kinds and that's why there are a bunch of entitled brats running around the world who think they can get away with anything", another reader wrote. A third echoed the sentiment calling it "a bulls-t lazy way to parent".

Clarkson said it's hard to disciple her kids in the public because of what is deemed "socially acceptable". There is a difference between abuse and punishing out of love not anger.

To spank or not to spank - that's the question many parents wrestle with when it comes to disciplining their children. Instead of using corporal punishment, child development experts seem to agree that the best way to deal with a kid in the throes of a temper tantrum is to remain firm while also expressing compassion.

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