Actress Mayim Bialik has a strong opinion on spanking kids, claiming she “does not believe in hitting children as a disciplinary measure.” And the mom of two—who even uploaded a video on the topic, titled “Hitting Kids,” to her YouTube channel—isn’t alone. According to a new statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 94% of pediatricians don’t have a positive attitude towards spanking, citing the fact that it often does more harm than good.
That’s something Bialik has been talking about for over a year now. In her vlog, which she posted in August 2017, Bialik remarks, “You can’t hit your spouse, you can’t hit your student, you can’t hit a stranger, you can’t even hit your dog, yet we have laws protecting, defending, and justifying hitting a child. It makes no sense, and it’s time to stop pretending it does.”
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— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) August 10, 2017
She also addresses an argument that some parents make for corporal punishment. They claim that it’s okay since it was practiced in the Bible, citing Proverbs 13:24 which reads, “He who spares the rod hates the child.” But in Bialik’s mind, that’s not valid, nor is it realistic.
“Have you never heard of hyperbole? Or historical context? In biblical times it was also totally a thing to throw stones at a disobedient son—so let’s not use the Bible as our parenting guide for the 21st century. Okay? Great,” she says in her vlog.
While Bialik may not be a medical expert, she does have some experience in the field (after all, the actress has a Ph.D. in neuroscience). Even more than that, she has the support of numerous physicians and health professionals, along with science-backed studies that show the scary side effects of spanking, like mental health issues, more aggressive behavior and poor performance in school.
Bialik understands “how tempting it is to look for quick solutions to end behavior.” But as she reminds parents, “a child may be impacted forever by being hit.”