aggression toward children

Is human nature inherently good or bad? And does this predict what type of parent you will be?

November 18, 2016

I recently exchanged e-mails with one of my former students about the perennial question concerning human nature: Are humans good or bad? This question continues to fascinate us. When I lecture about human nature to my students, I like to frame the debate by pitting Thomas Hobbes against Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was an […]

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To spank, or not to spank?

September 8, 2015

I recently came across a social media post that opened with the following phrase: “Have to laugh at people who are against spanking.” The post stated that spanking leads to a child learning respect and boundaries with the absence of any trust issues and hatred toward the parent, and so on and so forth. It […]

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