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Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child? Is it Legal to Spank My Child?

The indictment and subsequent arrest of the Minnesota Vikings' star running back, Adrian Peterson is reigniting the discussion on spanking as a form of discipline for children. Peterson is accused of using a switch on his young son and of his reckless behavior, causing injury to the child. In statements released by his attorney about the incident, Adrian Peterson stated that he was using the same discipline on his child that he experienced as child himself. I may be showing my age here, but I can remember the days of "picking your own switch" to receive a couple of swats on the behind from my grandparents. The insult wasn't in the spanking, as much as in picking the switch that would be used! This begs the question, "How did our parents and grandparents get away with those spankings all those years ago? Did it just become illegal?"

Grandparent's Day

Grandparent's Day is this Sunday. Many people were unaware that such a day of celebration even exists, as it is overshadowed by the back to school season, Labor Day and the beginning of fall. With the increasing role that many grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren, recognizing and celebrating this day is more important than ever before. Since Grandparent's Day is this Sunday, now is the time to get ready and make it a day that grandma and grandpa will never forget.

How Divorced Parents can work together to Help Their Children Cope with Back to School

Going back to school each fall is always a stressful time in a child's life. That stress can often spill over to the child's parents, especially if they are newly divorced. In order to make the transition back to school go more smoothly for their child, divorced parents will need to decide how to handle certain issues. Let's take a look at some ways divorced parents working together can help their child go back to school:

Be Careful with Your Finances during Divorce

Perhaps the most distressful time in a person's life is when a spouse asks for a divorce. Despite the emotional drain, each partner must consider how he or she will move forward as a single person. Living expenses and debts continue even if you believe life has ended.

How to Break the News about Your Divorce

After you and your spouse have decided on divorce, you will have to deal with the other people in your circle who will be affected by the change in relationship. Although delivering the news may seem like a daunting task, you can get through the experience by putting yourself in the position of those receiving this unsettling information.

Skype Parenting

The Internet has completely revolutionized the way that people communicate with one another. There is no better example of this than the instant messaging and video chatting service known as Skype. It is used by millions of people every day in dozens of countries. It can be used as strictly an instant messaging service for people who are using the Skype app on their smartphone. However, if both people have a webcam and a microphone, they will be able to see and talk to each other with perfect clarity.

Military Appreciation Month

The U.S. armed forces serve in a variety of capacities all over the world. Many times, their vigilant work goes unnoted and unrewarded. Military Appreciation Month was instituted to show our service people, those that have served in the past and those serving today, that the country honors their service to the nation and the many sacrifices they and their families undergo to keep the United States both strong and free.

Summer Visitation

Separation and divorce involve more than the husband and wife; when they are also parents, that bond continues for life. The children in a divorce share the difficulties of separated households for parents. Divorce decrees provide for custody and often leave the non-custodial parent with visitation.