Kelly Clarkson Defends Spanking Her Kids: 'I Find Nothing Wrong With Spanking'

Kelly Clarkson I’m not afraid to smack when my kids are playing up			
				 
   by Tom Stichbury 
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The 35-year-old singer is now the center of a social media debate after revealing that she disciplines her kids the same way her parents did with her - spanking included. "I don't fit the pop star image that people expect all the time".

It wasn't all fun for Kelly though, as she admitted she was craving a cup of tea for the whole evening, and had to resort to sipping on wine when she discovered the event wasn't serving the hot beverage.

"I'm not above spanking, which people aren't necessarily into, and I don't mean like hitting [River] hard, I just mean spanking", said Kelly, who also acknowledged that this parenting style isn't for everyone. "I'm so stoked about The Voice for many reasons, but the main one being it's cool to be able to give to other people what was done for me", she said. However, she finds the warning of an impending spanking is often enough to stop River in her tracks. "I'm a well-rounded individual with a lot of characters so I think it's fine", Clarkson said. And they teach me. "I think it's lazy parenting", another wrote. Instead, use appropriate timeouts for young children.

Character building Kelly says she was smacked as a child
Character building Kelly says she was smacked as a child

"According to the research, children spanked up to the age of 6 were likely as teenagers to perform better at school and were more likely to carry out volunteer work and to want to go to college than their peers who had never been physically disciplined", it says. "Discipline older children by temporarily removing favorite privileges, such as sports activities or playing with friends".

Kelly is mom to daughter River Rose, three, and son Remington, known as Remy, one.

Clarkson said she believes there is a "fine line", when it comes to spanking, but told the Rochester-based radio station that "I do believe in spanking, so you might catch me spanking my child at the zoo".

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