"Do Some Research"

Ashley Darby of the Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP) doesn’t believe in spanking kids. The Reality TV star recently took to social media with a rant that addressed those who advocate for corporal punishment.


“For those of you who are willing to stand by believing and perpetuating the idea that showing physical pain is also showing love, which is just so counter-intuitive and backward if you actually think about it, I encourage you to do some research,” Ashley shared. “Look into the extensive research that has been done about children’s development and the negative ramifications later in life,” Darby suggested.

“I don’t know why it’s okay to pluck, hit, and whip children, but yet that’s not okay to do to adults. Are you really saying that the only way that you can help a child learn to do the right thing and to be moral is by inflicting pain on them? No! That’s wrong, and you are minimizing and you are completely missing just how intelligent children are and how the brain actually works.”

Ashley Darby and her husband, Michael Darby, welcomed their youngest son, Dylan Matthew Darby, last month. The little one joined his older brother, Dean, at home.

Some criticized Ashley for her opinions regarding physical punishment for kids. The RHOP star, however, refused to be bullied by online trolls.

“I wish that you could do some research about people who are rapists [and] abusers,” Darby said in her rant. “If you look at serial killers and you look at [their] childhood, do you know what’s a common link? They were all abused as children. They all were ‘spanked.’ They all endured physical punishment as children. That does not yield healthy, happy humans.”

Ashley clarified her stance by advocating for responsible discipline tactics. “By no means am I saying that you shouldn’t show your child the difference between right and wrong and help them to be good people and help them to do the right thing in society,” the celebrity mom said.

“Everyone needs guidance. But spanking is a shortcut,” Ashley declared. “It doesn’t actually address the problem. It doesn’t actually help your child to rationalize, think through, and apply logical problem-solving later down the road. It’s a shortcut.”

BCK Asks: What do you think? Do you think corporal punishment is a shortcut that negatively impacts society?

Photo: Ashley Darby/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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