November 11th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
In case you’ve been wondering about rapper DMX’s stance on spanking, we have the scoop. The troubled artist shared his thoughts on corporal punishment with Dr. Drew Wednesday on “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers.”
DMX (born Earl Simmons) shared that his childhood experiences have influenced his decision to draw a line with his own kids. "I think back then everybody got beatings,” DMX said of growing up. “To a certain extent it made me a better person. Although some were a little extreme."
The rapper, 40, describes “days I couldn't sit down at school” due to his mom’s punishments. “She used to have these three extension chords that she braided together,” he recalls. “Sometimes we would get it with that. THAT was rough!”
A father of 10, DMX says he’s involved with all of his children, and has adopted a gentler form of discipline thanks to the beatings he endured.
“That's why I talk to my kids first,” he says. “I sit them down and explain to them what they did wrong. If I see that they are genuinely remorseful about the situation, then I'll let it go."
DMX admits to spanking, but says beating isn’t OK in his book: “Anybody you've got to beat over and over again, evidently it's not working."
You can watch DMX talk child rearing here. "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" airs at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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