Kelly Clarkson admitted she spanks her children for misbehaving

According to Kelly Clarkson, she spanks her children sometimes as a form of discipline. Despite the fact that spanking children is frowned upon, the star still does it.

In an interview with Atlanta radio station 94.1 in 2018, Clarkson said: “I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into. I don’t mean hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking.”

The Kelly Clarkson Show host continued: “My parents spanked me, and I did fine in life, and I feel fine about it, and I do that as well. “That’s a tricky thing, when you’re out in public because then people are like, they think that’s wrong or something, but I find nothing wrong with a spanking.”

However, Clarkson said she does not smack her kids on the spot. Her first step is to warn them.

“I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m going to spank you on your bottom if you don’t stop right now; this is ridiculous’.

“Honestly it’s really helped. She doesn’t do that kind of stuff as often.”

Recent changes in Clarkson’s views on smacking are unknown.

Her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock has two children with Clarkson: River Rose, eight, and Remington Alexander, six.

As a mother, she often talks candidly about parenting, and she has experienced “mum guilt.”

She told Redbook in 2016: “I have a lot of mum guilt. If you’re a mum, you want to be with your kid every day.

“You don’t want to miss a moment, you want her to need you and want you and not want somebody else.”

Clarkson added: “I’m not gonna BS you; that’s hard. There are days where I cry, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I can handle all this!’ or get it all done.

“But at the end of the day, 99 percent of the time, it’s awesome and it’s worth it, and that’s what I say to myself.”

The star also told how having children “brought fear into her life”, because before she became a mum she was “fearless”.

“Now I go to bed and I have nightmares of someone just grabbing my little girl and running. “It’s always about me not being able to protect my kids somehow.”

47 comments
  1. I demand to know, what gives anyone the right to hit or hurt a child? My fervent prayer is that no child should ever be afraid of an adult. I will always contend that hitting a person doesn’t teach respect. It teaches that a bigger, stronger person can control a smaller person with physical force. Whenever someone justifies laying hands on another out of anger, frustration, or to invoke punishment, I ask them these questions:
    If what was done to you as a child or what you do to your children were done to an adult stranger, would it be considered criminal assault? If what was done to you or what you do to your children were done instead to a neighbor’s child, could that parent press assault charges against the perpetrator? If the answer is yes, then it is abuse. Pure and simple.

    1. I can tell you that I noted a distinct difference between children who were spanked and children who were reasoned with when I taught high school for decades. Those that were spanked knew how to behave. Those that weren’t, did not. Spanking might teach them that a bigger person can control a smaller person with physical force but that’s a good thing to know. It also teaches them that there are often very unpleasant. Onsewuences to I’ll-behavior. And, Some of the alternatives to spanking are much worse.

      1. When my children was born I promised myself I wouldn’t treat them like my mother did!
        That was a promise, easy broken .
        You’ve already seen kids on what you know and hope you do better than your parents did. I guess we all wish we had a Susie homemaker from mother. And judging other people is always easier.

    2. And what would be you solution for the underage crime that is going on in the world there is no repercussions for young people committing crimes these days the parents can’t control their kids and the courts do nothing but a slap on the wrist. So what’s your solution when all the powers is taken from the adults and you can’t even take a phone of your child as punishment without the yelling about abuse.

    3. Here we go again . Better for us to teach our own children that yes a bigger person can cause you harm . We are in 2022 and there are a great deal of missing and expoted children so who is doing all that ? Big ugly grown adults . Children need to learn to obey their parents bc the Bible tells us too . It also says spare the road spoil the child and many other good advice in there . I’ll spank my children if it’s to save their lives and grow them up in the way they should go .

      1. You haven’t parented in this decade have you? The idea of spanking has already been considered taboo or even outlawed… and what we ended up with because of my grandparents generation of whining about a good pop (but at the same time adults of that generation we’re lynching children). It seems as though non of you have done a sociological standpoint. But want your opinons valued because you’ve believe that everyone’s opinion can matter.

        The generation today is soo tabooed because my parents generation felt guilty for how fucking. Terrible children became (killers in the 90s) and had to punish and felt guilty.

        SOME PEOPLE TAKE IT TOO FAR BECAUSE THEY ARent MENTALLY MATURE ENOUGH EVEN AS AN ADult. Emotionally mature adults don’t have to or need to.

        But y’all focus on the wrong thing and use a make believe book to justify. That’s the same as if I wrote a book and told y’all me opinion and because it’s based off a book, it’s right. But my opinion based book will have a man made fairies and not ridiculous stories of abuse and expectations .. so it’ll be almost the same.. right?

    4. She didn’t say out of anger and a proper spanking and swat on the but should not hurt to cause physical pain. That’s where everyone has it mixed up. She didn’t say get a switch or a belt. She said she lets them know. I’m all for a spanking not for abuse though. I don’t think someone else doing it and the parent is the same because you know how NOT hard your spanking.

    5. Hitting and beating a child is unforgivable but it’s NOT the same as spanking a child. Please read and UNDERSTAND an article before you comment. It clearly stated what she said “I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into. I don’t mean hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking.”

    6. Who are you to demand anything from anyone? All of this entitlement and no responsibility is the problem with society today.

    7. They won’t be afraid of them they will RESPECT them… and as you can tell there is a lack of respect everywhere and why because there never was enough consequences (spanking ).

    8. Omg stfu… did she say she beats them?? No, spanking is not abuse. Spare the rod spoil the child… these kids today haven’t been spanked and it shows!
      I mean i like to be spanked too, hubs is pretty good at it.. 😉🤣🤣

    9. But does the world NEED this opinion? Or should we literally ask children and not assume? Are all children blanket children with the same inherent genuine respect if you speak to them like a person? No. Everyone is different and every child is different. If you raised seven children to be the exact same, write a book not a rage comment about a celebrity just to voice your opinion, take it further and write a book with all your wisdom

    10. Do you have children? Beating an spanking out of love to correct a child is different. Maybe if people where a little more stern kids would not de things to land in jail,drug ect. A parent is responsible for there beautiful gifts from God. Children need to know when they are older an act out there is a worse punishment then a spanking. No I would never spank a child that’s a neighbors. That’s common sense but it’s a parents responsibility to raise God fearing respectfull children in to adults.

    11. In defense of Kelly Clarkson I don’t think it is totally wrong to discipline your kids with physical contact she did not say that she knocks the crap out of them which you insinuate on your reply or your comment to her method of discipline of her own children it’s better to raise a child who is how well being respectful rather than to not discipline them when it is absolutely necessary so that they don’t grow up and become murderers and or people who don’t obey the law or follow rules or see anything wrong with acting like they can do whatever the heck they want to do so as far as no physical contact I agree with you but only about 10% because what this world is coming to be now is way worse than giving your child a mile spanking that will help them become better people when they grow up just saying

    12. Bla bla bla, she’s not beating them a tap on the bottom won’t hurt them if it’s done in love. Many have survived a spanking or two✋🏽

  2. There is a big difference in abuse and a spanking when a child is misbehaving and it’s people like you that have made all these young kids think they are intitled and disrespectful to people with no fear of consiquences for their actions when they are wrong

      1. Listen there is a WAYYYYY bigger difference then what she is saying in this article. I was a child that got locked in her room all day, spanked when I was bad, and when I finally got old enough I was chased around the house had shoes thrown at me, was mentally abused and I pushed back for years. But I’ll tell you what, I NEVER disrespected any adult, was very kind to others, and I respect the shit out of my mother for dealing with me. Every situation is different, I have a wayyyy different mindset than most. I went to comcast the other day to fix my internet and watched a 18-21yr old literally scream at a man that had to be in his late 70s early 80s, and I couldn’t believe the entitlement that kid thought he had to literally scream at and elder. (He learned that day, after I put him in his place about it) Yes beating your child is bad, but spanking your child is NOT the same thing. My mom would warn us first, and if we kept going then we got what was coming to us, END OF STORY. Some children like to push those boundaries no matter what you do. Trust me, I was one of them and I actually thanked my mother when I got older cause it made me a better person in the long run.

  3. Disciplining your child even with a spanking is good. Bible is the author of all that is perfect and for getting perfect results…spare the rod, spoil the child.

    1. A fake book geared towards white people IS what all should follow. Let’s also make our sons fight to the death and marry off our daughters for livestock.

  4. Listen, I grew up knowing that if I acted out or disrespected my elders, I was gonna get popped. My mother didn’t play, and as a result I behave right and respect others. This wasn’t done out of anger or frustration or abuse but as a consequence of my actions. My mother loved me enough to make sure I grew up right. You can “time out” or try to have a conversation all you want but sometimes you need to use an attention getter and it always had a warning. “If you keep doing this, I will spank you right here”. That was usually enough to make me stop and think about the consequences of my actions.

    1. Yes!! Exactlyyyy!!!! I was raised the exact same way! My mother had a death stare like no other, we knew when she wasn’t playing around.

  5. There is a difference between spanking your child and beating them. I was spanked as a child and I learned to respect my parents. I also spanked my children and none of my children were traumatized from it. I was also told my a police officer that you may spanking your child on the behind. No wooden spoon, no shoe or whatever. It has to opened palm and not on the bare skin.
    I am all for spanking a missed behave child. Let the child know what they are doing wrong and if they still miss behave then yes spank in the privacy of your home.

  6. There is no comment, because people with this mindset are locked and loaded, set in their ways, always right, about EVERYTHING!,
    THE END!

    1. Yes!! I totally agree I spanked my children and they are perfectly Young well being respectful adults with respect for others

  7. The Bible said “spare the rod and spoil the child. I believe in spanking. It’s not beating a child. It sets boundaries for children and keeps them safe. It’s isn’t abuse unless a child is beaten. A swat on the bottom is essential sometimes. Children that were spanked and had boundaries learn a healthy respect for authority. That is what is wrong with kids nowdays, they have no respect for authority, teachers, police and others. Kelly you have the right idea and your children will be pleasant to take out in public and be around. Good for you..

  8. Kelly, you are an awesome mom! I believe padding is fine. There is a big difference between paddles, spankings, and beatings. My children were paddled. Now that wasn’t the first thing on my list. It depended what the action was. When they were small the consequences were different because they understood different from the older children. Don’t run in the street, don’t touch the stove, don’t bite someone, etc. if someone has children then they recognize the list. The older they got then the better understanding they understood. Some needed the side eye and some needed more. My children as grown adults would tell you the same thing. They didn’t enjoy these circumstances at times. As parents they understand more. They turned out pretty good and lived to tell about it. Some children need more paddles than others but it’s ok. Each parent has their ways to do things. I just know if you tried to say anything about the way I taught my children. Then you would definitely learn the difference in paddles and a full blown ass whooping.

  9. I’m just going to leave this here, take it how you will.

    “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” This is a popular saying that comes from the Bible, where the verse reads as follows:
    “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” (Proverbs 13:24)

    I live by this saying and also received spankings as a child when I did wrong. It wasn’t a thing of abuse, it was a matter of disciplining me to teach the difference between right and wrong. I didn’t get spankings very often because I learned what was expected of me. My parents also gave me warnings before jumping straight to spanking.

  10. Just shut up. I’m so sick of hearing you imbeciles run your mouths. Aside from the fact that it’s none of anyone’s business what she does with her children, the Bible is very clear on the subject. “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24) People not disciplining kids is everything that’s wrong with the entitled, spoiled, selfish, inconsiderate, lazy, and disrespectful little brats in todays world. It’s disgusting that kids are walking all over parents and people like you see that as good parenting. You’re delusional.

    1. Lets start with the name calling, cuz that does a whole lot. Right? Honestly tho, just shows what kind of a person you are . So thanks for that.

  11. This comment is for the the lady that commented.

    I have a 16 year old and when she was younger I would also spank her bottom. Spanking a child on the bottom explain to me how that would be abuse?

    What is abuse is theses parents who punches, kicks, neglects their children and lets not forget KILLS their children that is abused! Not a spanking on the bottom that dont even leave a mark.

    Like I said my daughter will be 16 next month and I raised her right ON my OWN! She is in 10th grade, she minds, she gives me NO problems or troubles!

    Children who dont get disapline are the ones

    Me and my daugher we have a good relationship where she tells me everything. My daughter wants to go to college and do things in her life. I have a wonderful daughter thanks to my disapline I did as she was younger!

    So get to know what abusing a child really is before judging someone off how they parent!

  12. This comment is for the lady that commented.

    Im a single mother of a almost 16 year old daughter and yes I also spanked her when she was growing up. Did I spank hard to leave markings NO! Spanking isn’t ABUSE!!

    What is abuse is these parents who Punches, kicks, burning, child neglect and lets not forget MURDER their children now thats ABUSE! So know what is really abusing before you comment and judge someone off how they disapline their children.

    My daughter is growing up to be a wonderful daughter. She gives me no troubles, she listens, she does what is asked and guess what my 16 yr old daughter isnt going out doing drugs, partying, having sex or any of that. She wants to go to COLLEGE and become a Vet!

    Thanks to my parenting and disapline she has a good head on her shoulders and working on doing what she wants best in her life. So dont judging others cause its not cute. You displine your way and others will their way.

  13. It’s not abuse at all. it’s called getting a child’s attention when nothing else will work. anyone that calls it abuse is extremely narrow minded. No one gets to judge how you raise your child. No one especially the individual states. Spanking is not and will never be abuse. Sometimes it’s necessary.

  14. They are her kids do she can discipline them how she sees fit so long as it’s reasonable of course. In my opinion she is a model parent. Warning a child first that if they carry on with there unacceptable behaviour there will be consequences for your actions is fundamental in there growth later on as an adult.

    Who is anyone to question a persons parental skills? Those who do either don’t have kids of there own or have unruly brats that feel that they are entitled to act without said consequences. YOU are the adult. YOU take charge of the situation not the child. You empower a child and you create chaos later in life.

    The why we have a discipline problem with kids in the west today is because of these soft approaches.

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