Spanking baby girls
Why would girl babies under 1 be most likely to be physically disciplined?
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As children my cousins and I were physically reprimanded for many things. Like if one of us laughed during prayer times. We knew why we were getting hit though, we should’ve known better. But when our baby cousin put on the TV while we were praying and came to dance in front of us, he was simply removed with no repercussions.

So it was surprising to me that in the Parent24 2009 survey it was found that toddler and baby girls were more likely to be physically reprimanded than boys.

Of the parents that participated in the survey it was found that 10% of them used physical reprimand as a form of punishment.  Of these parents, those who have girls 12% would use physical reprimand on girl babies compared to the 4% of those who had boys.

A similar result emerged in the Female Nation survey conducted by Women24 last year.

A ‘boys-will-be-boys’ attitude to male children may set up different expectations for parents. So when a girl acts up a little it is perceived as not normal, but as a sign of naughtiness.

Of these parents, 19% of fathers who had girls would hit them as opposed to the 6% of fathers who had boys.

This also ties in with the result that fathers think that their boys are easier to parent compared to their girls. It was also found that fathers were more likely to spank their children than mothers were.

I always do remember my father being the one to physically discipline us rather than my mother. My mother had the voice or the look.

I don’t ever think I’ve witnessed one of my cousins physically reprimanding their babies. I would never think it a trend that would emerge from this survey.

What do you think of spanking babies? Have you come across this?

The Parent24 2009 survey had more than 8000 responses. The survey, weighted by gender, race and education, represents approximately 7 million metropolitan adults educated to the level of at least matric, across South Africa. For more about the methodology and for results analysis by Jean Redpath and Michael O’Donovan of Hlakanaphila Analytics, download the Parent24 2009 survey PDF. Or see full results.

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