A few years ago I read a study–in Parenting magazine, I think–that found that 25 percent of parents spanked their kids. Those were just the people who admitted it. My guess is that it’s closer to 50 percent. If you were to factor in the parents who think  about giving their kids a whack once in a while, you’d probably be up in the high 90s.

So when I read about a study in Germany (where corporal punishment was actually outlawed in 2000) that more than 50 percent of parents admitted that they hit their kids, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that the real numbers are insanely high. Here’s what the study found:

  • 40 percent of parents said they “smacked their children on the bottom.” That’s actually down from 46 percent in 2006.
  • 10 percent said they “clipped their children round the ear” (down from 11 percent in 2006)
  • , while four percent said they gave their children “a hiding” (down from six percent in 2006).
  • Boys were twice as likely to be his as girls.
  • The main reasons for hitting their children? Being insolent, not listening or being aggressive.

Fortunately, there was some good news: 75 percent of parents felt bad after they’d hit their kids–up from 71 percent in 2006

A more in-depth article is here: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20120312-41291.html