Why Snooki Will Never Spank Her Kids, Even Though She Was Spanked Growing Up: ‘It’s Terrifying’
Now, the 28-year-old Jersey Shore alum also shares how she feels about one aspect of discipline that’s a hot-button topic of debate among parents: spanking.
“Are you guys against spanking?” the mom of 3½-year-old Lorenzo Dominic and Giovanna Marie, 20 months, asks the other women in the room for a segment of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk series. “Because I grew up with spanks, and it terrified me.”
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“I’m against it because I know what [that’s like],” replies Selenis Leyva, 43, who stars on Orange Is the New Black and has a 13-year-old daughter named Alina. “And not that my parents were abusive — they just believed, ‘You’re my kid, if I gotta spank you, I’m gonna spank you.’ ”
“It’s terrifying!” Polizzi says, and Leyva agrees, sharing a story about how her mother used to effectively warn her against misbehaving just by picking up a tree branch at the park.
Polizzi has found something that works for her, though: simply walking out of the room and going about her business when her kids throw tantrums.
“I literally just walk into the kitchen, ignore them … and then they come over and they say, ‘I’m okay now,’ ” she shares. “I’m at the stage of parenthood right now where I just need to stop entertaining them.
“The more you pay attention to that [kind of behavior], the worse it gets,” she adds.
— Jen Juneau