Occasional spanking may not have a lasting impact on some children, but Bialik said that that form of discipline may have “a tremendous impact on their brain and on their psyche.”
“Hitting these children can be traumatizing for them even if you don’t think it should be, and there’s no way to know by looking at a child which reaction they’re going to have,” Bialik said. “A child may be impacted forever by being hit and you can think all you want that they shouldn’t have that reaction, but you can’t control it. It’s science.”
She went on to explain that being physically hurt by a loved one makes no more sense to a child than it does to an adult.
“You can’t hit your spouse. you can’t hit your student, you can’t hit a stranger, you can’t even hit your dog,” she said. “Yet, we have laws protecting, defending and justifying hitting a child. It makes no sense and it’s time to stop pretending it does.”