October 30, 2012
In the article, “Why Spanking Is a Bad Idea” posted in the Family Education website by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that, “Spanking is a mild form of corporal punishment.” They mention parents occasionally hit their children when they are stressed, frustrated, or their child has done something wrong. Pediatrics feels that spanking is not an effective or positive approach to discipline. Pediatrics says that, “Spanking teaches a child that violence is an acceptable way to express anger and to deal with conflict.” They said, “Deliberately instilling pain on children is cruel. Also that spanking can become an emotional problem for the parents and the child and it also leads to remorse, quilt and doubts, making a child feel like there is something wrong with him/her. The Pediatrics, also mention that, “Spanking makes a child feel powerless.” Pediatrics feel like if all you do is spank a child, it forms distrust between the parent and child. They feel that parents are supposed to love, nurture and protect, instead they are doing the opposite by spanking.Although the author makes valid points regarding this form of discipline, spanking is necessary in some cases. Different children respond to different forms of discipline. Some learn by their parents sitting down and talking to them about what they did wrong, others by being placed in time out, or by having their privileges taken away or by a rewards system. Yet, some children learn by being spanked. It helps the child understand obedience. Parents make rules for their children to follow, for example, no stealing, no fighting, and no lying and when these rules are disobeyed punishment should follow. There are proper ways for parents
to spank their children without it becoming child abuse. It shouldn’t be done on a child’s bare bottom or with the use of...