Kate Gosselin Defends Spanking

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Kate Gosselin is not making excuses for spanking her children.

"Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first," Kate said in a statement to Life and Style, after In Touch splashed Kate on the cover, calling her and "out of control" parent. "I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation."

Kate was snapped spanking daughter Leah, 5, after the little girl refused to stop blowing a whistle while her mom was on the phone.

To spank or not to spank is such a hot topic. Is there much of a difference between spanking and hitting? Is it the only effective solution sometimes? Does violence breed violence? Discuss.

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