Kelly Clarkson, the celebrated singer and mother of two, has candidly discussed her parenting philosophy, shedding light on her approach to disciplining her children. In an interview, she acknowledged that she doesn’t shy away from using spanking as a form of discipline, attributing it to the common practices in her home state of Louisiana.
Hailing originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Clarkson is the mother of River Rose (5) and Remy (3), and she also serves as a stepmother to two children from her first marriage. She clarified that her use of spanking is not intended as a harsh beating but rather a swat on the behind, emphasizing its cultural acceptance in her upbringing.
Clarkson’s parenting style draws inspiration from her own childhood, where her parents employed spanking as a disciplinary measure. She believes that this contributed to her personal success. Notably, she stressed that any form of discipline, including spanking, is always preceded by a warning in her household.
Hailing from the South, Clarkson acknowledged that spanking is more widely accepted in that region. However, she recognized the challenges of implementing this approach in public settings, where diverse opinions on the matter can quickly lead to judgment.
The ongoing debate surrounding the effectiveness and safety of spanking as a disciplinary method has persisted. While some view it as a reasonable form of punishment, others argue that it can be potentially harmful. Notably, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse spanking or any form of corporal punishment as an appropriate means of disciplining children.