Kelly Clarkson sparks debate after saying "nothing wrong with a spanking" to discipline kids

Posted at 12:25 PM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 12:25:50-05

Fresh off her appearance at the Golden Globes, Kelly Clarkson is still delighting her fans with stories of who she met that night.

But the "Love So Soft" singer is making headlines for her not so soft stance when it comes to spanking.

"I'm not above a spanking which people aren't necessarily into," Clarkson told 98.9 the Buzz in Rochester during a radio interview. "I don't mean like hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking."

"I warn her," Clarkson continued. "I'm like 'hi, I'm going to spank you on your bottom if you don't stop right now.' This is ridiculous, honestly, it's really helped she doesn't do that kind of stuff."

While a 2016 Gallop Poll shows that 62% of American parents approve of spanking, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend any physical punishments, saying it teaches aggressive behavior and can become ineffective if done often -- for younger children, AAP advises appropriate timeouts.

"I'm a well-rounded individual with a lot of character," Clarkson said. "I think there's a fine line obviously but I believe in spanking, so you might catch me spanking my child at the zoo."