THE TRUTH ABOUT SPANKING What Parents Must Know About Physical Discipline with special guest Nadine Block

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THE TRUTH ABOUT SPANKING - What Parents Must Know About Physical Discipline  with special guest Nadine Block - Click here to listen now free of charge

* the practice and effect of spanking on cognitive and physical well-being

* the confusion surrounding spanking and good behavior

* how our own childhood experience drives our decision to spank or not

* what to do if your spouse and you disagree on spanking

and more.

Hear hosts Lu Hanessian and API cofounder Barbara Nicholson talk 


Founder and Director of the Center for Effective Discipline, Founder of the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools; Past Regional Director, Chair of Governmental Relations for the National Association of School Psychologists; Co-Chair,End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH -USA); Founder/Chair of SpankOut Day, USA “Raising Good Kids Without Hitting;” and Board Trustee National Child Protection Training Center

About Nadine Block

Nadine Block served from l987 to 2010 as the Executive Director of the Center for Effective Discipline, a non-profit organization which provides information about the effects of corporal punishment of children and alternatives. She serves as co-chair of End Physical Punishment of Children (EPOCH-USA).

Nadine has a long history of advocacy on behalf of children and families. She has served as a teacher, a school psychologist, and a consultant to mental health and child abuse prevention organizations. She developed policies and directed legislative action to affect bans on corporal punishment of children in schools at state and national levels. In 2009, a coalition of fifty organizations she coordinated achieved a ban on school paddling in Ohio making it the 30th state to do so.   Her commitment to ending all corporal punishment of children stems from a firm belief that children are entitled to the same right that all other citizens enjoy, to be free from physical assault.

She is recognized as a national leader in the effort to ban corporal punishment of children and has gained international recognition in that effort. She founded the Center for Effective Discipline and co-founded the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools. She founded SpankOut Day USA April 30th and served as its coordinator from since l998. The Center provides mini-grants for non-profit agencies to support educational programs for parents on positive discipline and effects of physical punishment on SpankOut Day each year. More than 600 grants have been awarded. SpankOut Day April 30th is recognized internationally by NGO’s who observe the day with education programs for parents. The observance is sometimes called “No Hitting Day” or “No Smacking Day.”  She is a founder emeritus of Support for Talented Students, non-profit organization which provides scholarships for programs outside of the regular school day for gifted and talented students.

Nadine has appeared before the Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States on this issue and has presented workshops overseas at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, She was invited to attend a UNICEF regional consultation on Violence Against Children in 2005, and a meeting of the Committee on the U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland.

She organized the development and dissemination of a research report on physical punishment of children and youth for EPOCH-USA. The Report on Physical Punishment in the United States: What Research Tells Us About Its Effects on Children, authored by Elizabeth T. Gershoff, PhD, brings together over one hundred years of social science research and dozens of published studies on physical punishment conducted by professionals in the fields of psychology, medicine, education, social work, and sociology, among other fields.  The report has been endorsed by many major family/child serving organizations in the U.S.

Nadine has been interviewed by many live and print media sources including Larry King Live, Hannity and Comb, ABC News, New York Times, USA Today, Good Morning America, BBC Channel 4, London, CBS 48 Hours, Redbook, Reuters Health Network, NBC Today, Family Circle Magazine, PBS, Youth Today, Village Voice, Parenting Magazine, Time Magazine, and many state and local newspapers.

She has received awards from Prevent Child Abuse America (Donna Stone Award), the Ohio PTA (Oak Tree Award), the National Association of School Psychologists (Friend of Children), the Child Abuse and Neglect Committee of the Ohio Academy of Pediatrics and several others. Nadine is active in her community in a variety of organizations and has held leadership positions in several of them. She is married and the grandmother of ten children.


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