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Spanking has a place

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Re: Physical punishment linked to mood disorders (July 4). I totally disagree with University of Manitoba researcher Tracie Afifi. I am in my 60s and was disciplined, by spanking, as a child. I was not beaten or abused, but spanked because I disobeyed and I do not suffer from depression or other problems.

My husband and I also disciplined our daughters, and they are fine upstanding citizens and loving parents. Discipline was used only when needed but not overdone. Our daughters knew they had done something wrong when it took place but they also knew they were loved.

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All of us have a respect for authority and don't blame everyone else when things do go wrong in our lives. We all have to know there are consequences for doing something wrong, and it has to start at a young age.

Maybe Afifi should have interviewed many of the people I know. She would have received a totally different result to her study.

MARILYN FRIESEN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2012 A11

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