Welcome to the 5th Annual 2018 NoSpankChallenge!

This LIVE annual event begins April 16th culminating on April 30, International SpankOut Day, which began in 1998 to bring worldwide attention to the need to end physical punishment of children. The NoSpankChallenge supports parents and educators like you wherever you are on your journey toward creating a more peaceful and equitable world for children.
Thank you for being here!

Event Flyer – PDF

Enjoy a discussion with Dr. Stephen Porges on
How to calm our children’s nervous system!


April 16-30th

APRIL 30th

Meet the

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This was a very positive experience! I am a reformed spanker and my daughter is so much happier. Thank you!

I appreciated having my ideas challenged with responses that are scientific. Knowing other people want to change and parent their children differently was encouraging!

Thank you for the incredible inspiration that is helping me overcome my parenting issues!

This is such an amazing series and literally has changed our household. Thank you!!

I realized I’m not alone and that other parents struggle too. It helped me not be so hard on myself!

What can I expect?

  • Links to articles and writings
  • Free admission to live online workshops and discussions
  • Live support and recordings


  • How to guide children and set boundaries
  • Increasing emotional intelligence
  • Cultivating resilience
  • Tools to deal with your own emotions
Why Should We Stop Spanking?

Research shows that spanking children can have harmful, adverse effects on child development. It not only teaches children to solve problems through violence, it is also related to:

  • decreased internalization of morals
  • decreased IQ
  • increased aggression and antisocial behavior
  • poor mental health outcomes, and
  • greater likelihood of being in adult abusive relationships as both perpetrator and victim
Did You Know?

Hitting Children is Legal in Homes

  • 30% of American parents spank their child before their first birthday.
  • 50% of all toddlers are spanked 3x a week or more.
  • Over 90% of all toddlers are spanked.

Spanking often leads to criminal child abuse

  • Most physical child abuse begins with physical punishment.
  • Parents who believe in spanking are 4-9 times more likely to abuse their children.

Hitting Children is Legal in Schools

  • 19 states allow adults to hit children with boards in public schools despite the zero-tolerance policies on violence AND 48 states allow paddling in private schools.
  • Each year 166,807 students are hit by public school faculty – and these only represent the reported accounts.
  • Students of color and disabled students are hit by adults in schools at a disproportionate rate, indicating a need to look at the impact of trauma and systematic racism within our school system.
Better Alternatives!

Listening to Children eBooklet

This booklet will help you understand

  • Common causes/triggers for “off-track” behavior
  • Why kids crave connection and limits
  • How to set effective limits
  • Why conventional discipline doesn’t work for long
  • How to handle your own emotional moments

What do you do when your child acts out? How do you tell a child “No” without triggering a power struggle? Parenting by Connection shows you how setting limits is actually a gift for your child. This booklet teaches you to:

  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Interact with both warmth and authority
  • Create cooperation and closeness
A free 1-hour podcast with Robbyn Peters Bennett ( and Patty Wipfler (Hand in Hand) discussing sustainable alternatives to spanking.

ARTICLES on Spanking

ARTICLES on Positive Parenting


Are Permissive Parents Spoiling Kids
Alfie Kohn (30-min)

Spanking and the Brain
Martin Teicher, MD, PhD

Centers for Disease Control
Position on Violence & Spanking

FACTS about Spanking

Modeling Peaceful Conflict Resolution by Lori Petro, TEACH Through Love

Playful Ways to Teach Emotional Intelligence
Suzanne MacDonald Tucker (13-min)

Offload Anger Guilt & Frustration
Amy Bryant & Kathy Gordon (Hand-in-Hand)