Kelly Clarkson admits to 'spanking' her kids and finds nothing wrong with it
Kelly Clarkson has faced some backlash recently with regards to her parenting techniques, which may not be in line with what the majority of families deem appropriate in 2018. While many see physical punishment as an outdated method of discipline in the household, Clarkson is adamant that her choice to do so will have a positive impact on her children's lives.
The singer, who rose to fame in 2002 for her appearance on American Idol, went on to sell over 25 million albums, 36 million singles worldwide, and win three Grammy Awards. On top of that, she has written two children's books inspired by her daughter, such as 'River Rose and the Magical Lullaby'. But, while she was successful with that book series, her recent comments about parenting haven't gone down as well.
Speaking to American radio station 98.9 The Buzz, she said that if her children misbehave she is "not above a spanking" and doesn't see anything wrong with it. The singer is mother to three-year-old River Rose and one-year-old Remington, as well as being stepmother to 16-year-old Savannah and nine-year-old Seth.
In her comments, she revealed that she was spanked as a child, but believes that she turned out to be "well-rounded" because of it:
"I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into. And I don’t mean like hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking. My parents spanked me and I did fine in life and I feel fine about it.
"So that’s a tricky thing when you’re out in public, ’cause then people are like, you know, they think that’s wrong or something, but I find nothing wrong with a spanking.
"I warn her. I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m gonna spank you on your bottom if you don’t stop right now. Like, this is ridiculous.'"
Clarkson married her husband Brandon Blackstock in 2013 in Walland, Tennessee. The 35-year-old now lives in Texas, where she owns a ranch dedicated to housing unwanted animals, caring for them and finding adoptive families for them.
"I’m from the South, y’all, so we get spankings. My mom would call the principal if I ever ended up in the principal’s office and give permission for her to spank me … I’m a well-rounded individual with a lot of character, so I think it’s fine."
However, her comments didn't go down to well with many on Twitter, including some fans of the singer. One wrote that that "I love you Kelly Clarkson but here you are so wrong" before pointing out that spanking "can be very destroying mentally". Another wrote that "you are choosing something that is proven to be detrimental to kids":
Regardless of your stance on the subject, there's no need to uphold the traditions of your parents if you don't agree with their techniques, even if you do believe you turned out as a stable and successful individual at the end of the day. It seems from the responses to Clarkson's comments that many are still split on the issue.