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9 Celebrity Parents Speak Out On Spanking


Has spanking your kids become taboo?

Some A-list parents are speaking up on their stance on spanking. While Matt Damon would never spank, Channing Tatum is still unsure if he’ll use physical discipline on his daughter, and Candace Cameron Bure admits she has spanked her three kids.

Let’s take a look at the differing views on spanking from some of our favorite celebrity parents.

Will Magic Mike star Channing Tatum and his wife, Step Up actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum, use physical discipline with their 17-month-old daughter Everly? It hasn’t happened yet, according to the hunky actor.

“I don’t know if I’m going to spank my child or not,” Tatum recently told THR.

Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth and ex-husband, Twilight star Peter Facinelli, are co-parents to three daughters: Luca, 17, Lola, 12, and Fiona, 8.

The actress, 42, opened up to Cookie in 2009 about her stance on spanking.

“I had to give my 6-year-old four time-outs two days ago. She kept hitting,” Jennie said. “I don’t spank, though sometimes I think, ‘These time-outs aren’t working! What’s next?’

She added: “[I aim for] consistency, and not making idle threats. They have to know there are consequences for violence, name-calling, and not doing household chores. They’re all in such different places, but all those places require boundaries.”

In June 2009, In Touch magazine shared a photo of Kate Gosselin spanking one of her children.

Reportedly, a witness spotted Kate and her eight children playing outside of their Reading, Pa., home. The magazine suggests that when Leah, one of the sextuplets, started blowing a whistle loudly, Kate told her to stop because she was on the phone. Reports state that as soon as Leah blew on the whistle again, Kate “seemed to lose her temper” and said, “Did you not hear me?” Reportedly, Kate then stormed over to her daughter, grabbed her and hit her.

“The girl was screaming and crying,” sources say. “Kate just pushed her away and walked off with her coffee. Her older sisters were trying to make Leah feel better.”

In response to this cover, Kate released a statement regarding her form of discipline.

“Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first,” Kate said. “I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation.”

Pop superstar Mariah Carey‘s estranged husband, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, has talked about disciplining their 3-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.

“I got my belt out already! It’s ready,” Nick told Us Weekly in 2013.

He went on to tell TMZ that his wife “doesn’t need to [spank], that’s what daddies are for….spare the rod, spoil the child.”

And to further clarify his thoughts about physical discipline, Nick took to Twitter to address the hot topic.

“I was spanked therefore I shall spank,” he wrote. “Spare the rod, spoil the child! That’s what’s wrong with the kids today, The time out generation has no real discipline #oldmanvoice.”

Bourne Identity star Matt Damon – who raises daughters Alexia, 15, Isabella, 8, Gia, 6, and 4-year-old Stella with wife Luciana – says he doesn’t hit his girls to discipline them.

While promoting his film True Grit in 2010, he said, “I definitely don’t spank ‘em.”

However the actor did give a real walloping to his young costar Hailee Steinfeld during the shoot.

“It’s a scene in the movie that needs to be there for a whole host of reasons,” he said. “And so, they just put a big pad on Hailee. And we practiced. And I said, ‘Hailee, does that hurt?’ And she said, ‘I can’t even feel it.’ ”

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton opened up about the physical discipline he received as a child at the hands of his parents and teachers.

The actor, 59, who grew up in rural Arkansas in the ’60s and early ’70s says that discipline is nothing like it used to be.

“He was beyond tough,” Thornton said of his high school teacher father. “There’s a thing in the news right now about an NFL player who took a switch to his kid and there’s a lot of trouble over that right now. And it’s so bizarre, you know, watching that.”

The Bad Santa star went on to say that he would never hit his own children – Amanda, Harry, William and Bella – as a form of discipline.

“I mean I can’t imagine laying a finger on my kids,” he shared. “I go the other way and probably because my father was so abusive.”

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Tish are parents to five grown kids: Brandi, Trace, Miley, Braison and Noah.

And although they have a big brood, the Achy Breaky Heart singer, 53, said he never lost his temper with any of his children.

“I could never spank my kids,” Cyrus said during a 2011 appearance on The View. “I couldn’t hit my kids. I look back at it and think, maybe I should… I don’t know.”

Cheers alum Kirstie Alley is mom to two grown children, son William and daughter Lillie.

But during their younger years, the actress did not even come close to physically disciplining her kids.

Alley tweeted her stance in 2009, writing, “I have amazing children. I wouldn’t dream of solving ANY situation with them by ‘swatting’ or spanking them… I was POPPED a lot… doesn’t work.”

Full House alum Candace Cameron-Bure and husband, former NHL star Val Bure, are parents to three kids: daughter Natasha, 16, and sons Lev, 14, and Maks, 12.

In a blog post penned for ParentsConnect, the actress talked about disciplining her kids.

“I’m not afraid to admit it: We do spank our children,” she wrote. “We get much of our parenting information from the Bible-that’s my heart source. There are several passages that refer to disciplining your child.”

She went on to clarify her thoughts in a blog post for Christian Women Online.

“I discipline my children by spanking when the situation calls for it,” Candace wrote. “Once a toddler is walking around and getting into things, a slap on the hand is one way they respond to correction. It shouldn’t hurt as much as be a surprise, and discomfort to them. This prepares them that the word NO comes with a consequence. Once my children were around 18 months old, and we knew that they could understand our instruction, they were spanked on the bottom if they disobeyed. As my children grow older, we find more creative ways to discipline, allowing the punishment to fit the crime. These types of disciplines are effective and biblical when done in love. It is the responsibility of all parents to teach and train their children.”

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Lorde Defends Taylor Swift after Offensive Body-Shaming Tweet

11/13/2014 at 12:31 PM ET

The claws are out. Katy Perry‘s rumored boyfriend Diplo proved he really is a Katy-Cat, throwing shade at Taylor Swift by snarkily offering to fund a cosmetic enhancement for her backside.

Diplo disses Taylor Swift's buttChristopher Polk/Getty; Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty

“Someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty,” he Tweeted on Wednesday, instantly incurring the wrath of a million Swifties. (As Swift sings, “Why you gotta be so mean?”)

Sure, butts are a hot topic because of Kim Kardashian‘s nude Paper shoot, but Diplo’s body-shaming comments smack of more than just bizarre masochism: In a September Rolling Stone article, Swift said she wrote “Bad Blood” about a fellow pop princess who tried to sabotage her tour — and the “Roar” singer seemingly responded by Tweeting, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing … “

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Diplo took his aggression one step further:: He also shared a link to a Fundly page aiming to raise $3,500 for Swift (it has $45 so far).

One star rushing to Swift’s defense? Lorde, who shut the DJ down with a Tweet of her own: “should we do something about your tiny penis while we’re at it hm.” Point, Lorde.

No word from Swift (or Perry) yet, but she’ll probably just “Shake it Off.” After all, haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.

Tell us: Is Diplo being sassy or just plain cruel? 

– Michele Corriston

Source: Lorde Defends Taylor Swift after Offensive Body-Shaming Tweet

Molly Sims & Her Trick-Or-Treatin’ Tot

Molly Sims seen dressed up with her son Brooks, who dressed as Batman for the Halloween in Brentwood, Los Angeles


Expectant mama Molly Sims looked stunning as Snow White on Halloween night (October 31) in Los Angeles, Calif. The pregnant model-actress, 41, went trick-or-treating with her 2-year-old son Brooks who dressed up in a Batman costume.

The Las Vegas star was also joined by her husband, film producer Scott Stuber. She Instagrammed some pics from their festive night out.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE #greatday #gratefull

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Trick or Treat #halloween

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Padma Lakshmi & Krishna: Trick-Or-Treat!

EXCLUSIVE: Padma Lakshmi and daughter Krishna seen trick or treating in SoHo, New York City


Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi enjoyed Halloween night (October 31) with her 4-year-old daughter Krishna in New York City. Sporting a stunning Indian headdress, the celebrity chef, 44, went trick-or-treating with her lil’ Wonder Woman in SoHo.

It looks like the single mom enjoyed Halloween with her A-list pal, Susan Sarandon, as well.

“Happy Halloween from me and my ghoulish bridegroom @susansarandon Stay spooky,” Lakshmi captioned the spook-tacular photo via Instagram.

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