It shall be noted the views herein are my opinion alone and not supported by absolute fact. You decide if they are plausible.
Kelly Clarkson’s advocacy of spanking made a huge splash during its time. While her Instagram is lathered in photos of happy family life, I doubt her reality is as sweet.
Growing up in the South, where spanking is more widely practiced than other regions, Kelly says, “My parents spanked me, and I did fine in life and I feel fine about it.” While some people break the cycle and opt for non-violent and positive methods of discipline, Kelly is not one of them.
She so blandly states, “I’m from the South, y’all, and in the South, you get spankings.” While some people break that stereotype, and opt for non-violent and positive methods of discipline, Kelly is not one of them. She continues the only vision of the South she knows.
As well as her background influencing her choice to spank, Kelly’s lifestyle also plays a role in her decision.
As a celebrity singer, author, and songwriter, Kelly’s time at home is limited. As a mother who spends most of her time away from home, connection with her children requires work. She is a woman who comes home for relaxation. As with most celebrities, her life is her career and, sure, family is a human side.
While her family does accompany her on tour at times, as proven by photos, there is little place for children at her concerts, talks, tours, and dinners except in strategic photos for magazines and the sake of online articles. Memories are a side benefit.
When Kelly does come home, she needs relaxation. Tired from work, she expects a peaceful home environment and as little work as possible. With minimal time to build connection and relationships with her children, she has as little time to put into any discipline but spanking. Like many parents unwilling to make the effort, she turns to spanking as a quick and short-term fix.
Positive discipline takes time and patience but ultimately creates caring, empathetic people. Kelly wants family but only to a certain extent. After her surprise second son, she had her tubes tied. When one does not truly love children, it is little surprise that they take the easiest road to punishment.
The decision to spank lies with Kelly. She could spend more time home. She could build relationships with her family. She could not spank.
Kelly chooses to spank. She chooses to put her career, like many parents, first. She chooses to do all she does and I respect her for her free choice. I do not care for some of the choices she makes.
Kelly sees her children as stage props. Family is not a word to her but rather a picture she posts on Instagram. There happens to be children in the place she calls home; a place so expensive and chic, only the best behavior is tolerated as her little ones too soon leave behind their childhood. Surrounded in a house built from money, there is no room for mistakes and accidents on the furniture.
Many celebrities have children. As humans, it is a natural urge to reproduce and pass on legacy. Celebrity children adapt and survive in their environment. They grow and live and continue the cycle of children raised with mostly absent parents and unstable marriages made too quickly.
Marriages move fast in celebrity world, ending and starting as fast as we can gossip. Photos are a way to ignite fires and put forth an accepted facade of the people in it. We turn celebrities into who they are.
With the majority of time-hassled celebrities most likely spanking, at least Kelly is honest about how she treats her children.
Kelly has worked at keeping her marriage. With high divorce and re-marriage rates among celebrities, hers is still standing after six years.
Kelly has not worked at bonding with the new life her marriage created or cared to explore their feelings nor the violence she is bringing into their lives. As she said, “You may find me spanking my kid at the zoo.”
It is her songs that reveal her true state of mind. She sings for freedom and lost love and longing. Since U Been Gone speaks of release from a poor relationship and a woman who knows her mind. A Moment Like This tells of the fairytale moment we all long for. Because Of You speaks of a woman afraid, hurt by a man in her past. Broken And Beautiful brings beauty to splinters.
Kelly is surely a romantic. She has a love for strong women and believes all wounds can be healed. While she sings for women to stand up and be strong, she neglects to teach such values to her children and hurts instead of heals them by spanking.
A natural hypocrisy.