When adopting a child who has been abused should spanking be an option?
Consider these thoughts.
Many parents of adopted children have opted to never spank their children at any time for any reason. I understand their reasoning. Particularly when their kids have come out of abusive homes. But even with these kids, when love, affection, emotional attachment, and deep relationships are being developed- in the right conditions and administered properly a spanking can still be an effective option.
Kids from abusive backgrounds have calloused themselves emotionally from pain. So it takes a warm and nurturing relationship to soften those callouses. When kids know we have spanking as an option and choose not to use it, it builds in them an appreciation and trust in us. But they need to know that it is an option. Whether we ever use it or not.
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