Parents in America Should Generally Spank their Children Less than they do now
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This is a debate on spanking, I will be arguing that parents should generally spank their children less than they do now. My opponent will argue that parents should generally spank their children more than they do now, or keep the amount of spanking the same. The BoP will be shared for this debate to keep things as simple as possible. Also, this is not a debate about legality, but if spanking is a good way to punish children. Keep in mind we will be talking generally, so just because 1 person benefited from being spanked or not being spanked doesn’t prove either of us correct.
Here are the definitions, they must be agreed on to keep things simple.
Spank-”slap with one's open hand or a flat object, especially on the buttocks as a punishment.”
Generally-”in general terms; without regard to particulars or exceptions.”
-No "kritiks" of the topic (challenging assumptions in the resolution)
-Source your claims(I don't mind how, comments, the text of the debate, I just need a link to use).
-No religious arguments, I don't hate any religion, but it isn't the discussion I'm looking for.
This next bit will just be a recommendation because this is ultimately unenforceable, but please try not to play weird semantical games, I want an honest debate.
Corporal punishment of children was banned in Germany in 2000. "On an international level, Germany lies somewhere in the middle," [Oliver] Steinbach says. 
Spanking appears to be widespread in the United states of America. Polls suggest that 67 percent of parents have spanked their children(even though it doesn't look at frequency). In my honest opinion, this is far too high of a number.[SOURCE]
There is a broad agreement amongst academics that spanking is a net negative on children. So much so that the American Psychological Association states that the research on spanking generally suggests that spanking causes
The APA does indeed recognize that some academics like Robert Larzelere are much less skeptical of spanking, but they are a minority, so, their research loses persuasiveness because the majority of the evidence disagrees with them. Also, Larzelere agrees that parents should reduce their use of physical violence, so even he agrees with me.[SOURCE]
Spanked children have also been shown to have lower IQs than children who aren’t spanked, they also demonstrate higher stress levels, and were also more likely to abuse substances like alcohol.[SOURCE]“These findings have held up even when other common risk factors for these behaviours—such as poverty, ethnic background, and whether a child is temperamentally aggressive—are taken into account.”[SOURCE]
Moreover, Roseville Cardiology stated that “In countries that have a complete ban on corporal punishment (spanking and slapping), the rates of physical fighting among teens are as much as 69 percent lower than in countries without such a ban.”[SOURCE]
This is not accurate, I said 67% of parents admitted to spanking their children. There is no mention of an 87% figure anywhere, I think Con made a typo and meant 86%. I thought source 2 had something about this, but source 2 just links back to this debate.
This is a good example of this behaviour. I am confused, how can you argue for the abolition of spanking but against the reduction of it? If I ban spanking, I also reduce it.
My opponent does say some things that I can respond to though.
So the organization my opponent pointed to agrees with me, not him.
The research seems to disagree. Spanking increases stress and lowers a child's IQ even when adjusting for external factors, including poverty.[SOURCE]
Spanking generally is bad parenting, that is what the data I presented suggests.
This debate is not about laissez faire parenting, that style may not be useful, but some pieces from reputable websites state that hands off parenting provides children with “grit,” and some research has shown that grit is more important than even intelligence. So even this lacklustre method is similar to, or better than spanking.[SOURCE]