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Parents must use various types of disciplines to guide their children. As each child is different, even within the same family, discipline may vary. It is a constant rollercoaster to find the most affective type of discipline for their child. Different options for discipline could be spanking, time out, or focusing on positive reinforcement while ignoring the child’s negative actions.

Young children need to have discipline and direction in their youth. It is the parents’ responsibility to teach and guide their children to be responsible, contributing adults. Discipline is a necessity for this guidance otherwise how will children learn what is right or wrong and about consequences? It is shown that conflicts between parents and young children can happen 3-15 times an hour (Baumrind, 405). Finding the affect that works best to deal with these instances may be trying for parents.

Wendy Walsh states that spanking is considered corporal punishment, using “physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for purposes of correction or control of the child’s behavior” (81). Spanking is a very common form of discipline, especially with those parents that were spanked as children themselves. Spanking is also most commonly used on young children, kids 2-4 year olds (Walsh, 81). Often, besides personal experience, parents choose to use spanking due to outside influences, whether it be from pediatricians to other family members and friends that recommends it.

On the downside, spanking has received a negative connotation in the American culture today and possibly with due reasons. Parents that spank must walk a fine line. The spanking must be affective otherwise there is no point in it, but then again, what is too much? The looks parents will receive if they spank their children in public these days are an indication of this feeling. But, if the discipline is not enforced in public then that can lead to children acting up if...
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