Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby is being dragged today after comments she made about “spanking” children. The mom recently welcomed her second child, and has been engaging in dialog with followers discussing the negative side effects of spanking your children.
The 32-year-old RHOP star and her husband, Michael Darby, welcomed their second child together, a baby boy back in March. Ashley and Michael Darby also share 19-month-old son named Dean Michael. In a video posted to her social media account from the hospital bed, the new mom thanked her fans for their well wishes and told them how she was doing.
“Hello, my darlings. Thank you all so much for the kind and warm wishes that you sent to us,” she says in the clip. “This is our sweet baby born today. He’s absolutely incredible and amazing, and we’re over-the-moon excited.”
Obviously over the mom about her new addition, she told fans that she was missing her other son while she had to stay in the hospital with her new born.
“Michael just left the hospital to go be with Dean and give him some loving, and it’s crazy how much I miss my son right now even though I’m so happy and so blissful with this little guy,” the mother of two continues. “I just want us all to be together as a family and I know it’ll happen soon.”
Ashley added, “This journey of motherhood just really keeps on getting better.”
“Much love babes,” she said.
Her newborn is about 2 months now, and Ashley took to her IG to talk a bit about the things she’s learning as a mom with young children and research she’s done on spanking.
In a post labeled “The Unintended Consequences of Spanking” from a organization called Tranforming Toddlerhood, she informed fans of some of the long term effects of physically reprimanding your kids. Those included “Increased risk of being victimized by abusive relationships into adulthood”, “more likely to hit, bully or use aggression to solve problems”, “low self-esteem”, “Decreased IG and cognitive development”, “Negative parent-child relationship” and finally it notes that spanked kids could suffer from more depressive symptoms as an adult.
Taking to her IG live to elaborate and defend herself, Ashley spoke passionately to her followers.
Most problematic was her comparison of spanking to corporal punishment, something people weren’t feeling.
RHOP Ashley Darby needs to stfu. That’s why y’all kids call y’all bitches and tell y’all to STFU. There’s a difference in abuse and being disciplined.— AK (@alexander_kataj) April 29, 2021
@_AshleyDarby I understand that you’re a new mother and you’re trying to maybe educate people are raising their kids but you’ve been a mother all of a minute don’t come out and tell people how to raise their kids. What works for one may not work for another— new age professor (@nal53199) April 29, 2021
The American Academy Of Pediatrics released some information that helped back up Ashley’s claims. An NPR article highlights some of their studies. An analysis of a 2016 national survey conducted by yougov.com revealed that respondents with young children in the home, regardless of race and ethnicity, did not support corporal punishment, “suggesting the possibility that a generational shift in social norms [about corporal punishment] may be taking place.”