Kelly Clarkson Says She Spanks Her Kids, Then Gets Backlash

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The singer said, "I'm not above a spanking, which people aren't necessarily into".

"At a Television Critics Association event, the mother of two, (River, 3, and Remington, 21 months, pictured above) told the press "[Kids] are challenging. "I think there's a fine line obviously but I believe in spanking, so you might catch me spanking my child at the zoo".

Perhaps Weezer will break out a Kelly Clarkson cover on their upcoming summer tour with Pixies, which begins June 22 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Even though all four handsome children light up her world, the busy mama admits that she has one vice when it comes to juggling her life as a celebrity and parent, and that's grabbing for a little bit of alcohol every now and then. "She doesn't do that kind of stuff as often", she said. So we suspect she'll get a heaping helping of both mom shame and atta-girls for her latest truth parenting bomb.

On Facebook, one parent shared, "I never spanked my kids". "I'm a well-rounded individual with a lot of characters so I think it's fine", Clarkson said.

After her comments, she drew criticism and praise. She, however, warned the other coaches that the competition is indeed on.

But some weren't so impressed. But just 26 percent said grade-school teachers should be allowed to spank kids at school. Instead of using corporal punishment, child development experts seem to agree that the best way to deal with a kid in the throes of a temper tantrum is to remain firm while also expressing compassion. "Discipline older children by temporarily removing favorite privileges, such as sports activities or playing with friends". Effective discipline is "as simple as saying, 'No, and I know you're upset, ' or, 'No, and I understand your frustrations'".

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