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This essay will examine the advantages and disadvantages of disciplining children. Firstly, it will consider the disadvantages of disciplining children in terms of injuries, children taking revenge and broken relationships. Equally, it will consider the advantages of disciplining children in terms of having more respectful children, appreciation and learning life lessons. Finally, the essay will conclude that disciplining children will eventually lead to a better society in the future.

Children can be quite a handful to deal with at times. Disciplining children, no matter what methods are used, will always come to mind. The concerning subject are the advantages and the disadvantages that may concern people who are in authority and in charge of the well-being of the child. The issue that arises is the advantages and disadvantages of disciplining children. This essay will discuss both the disadvantages and advantages of disciplining children.

The disadvantages of disciplining children are in terms of injuries, children taking revenge and broken families. Firstly, injuries caused by punishment violate the rights of the child. Harming the child through punishment is a clear violation of the child’s rights. “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age”. (United Nations 2006, p.113). For example, bruising can result from harsh punishment and the pain lingers. Another example is scarring that may be visible after physical punishment is carried out and the child may feel degraded. Therefore, injuries inflicted are one of the disadvantages when disciplining children.

Furthermore, the issue of children taking revenge is a serious issue. The child may find ways to hurt the parents directly or indirectly. For example, money can be stolen from parents’ by the children that clearly understand that stealing is against the rules. Another example is the deliberate destruction of parents’ property such as breaking of appliances and utensils. Thus, children taking revenge on the parents can be a disadvantage when disciplining children.

A related aspect is that broken relationships can arise from disciplining children. This is quite alarming especially when considering the effects of corporal punishment dealt by parents. For example, it can be expected that children will feel estranged from their parents and might want to run away from home to escape the pain and violence. Another example is that children may develop hatred for people who hold a position of authority due to previous experiences of harsh treatment especially from parents. “Children may feel anger, fear and resentment resulting in poor relationships with parents and those in authority. As a result, many children name corporal punishment as a reason for running away from home.” (Ending All Corporal Punishment of Children 2011, N.P.). Thus, broken relationships are one of the disadvantages when disciplining children.

However, there can be positive results from disciplining children. There are advantages that help in the overall growth of the child. The advantages are in terms of learning respect, appreciation and learning life lessons.

The advantages of disciplining children are in terms of respect, appreciation and learning life lessons. Equally, disciplining children can result in respectful children. Children will immediately recognize that they have done something wrong. For example, children will learn to obey authority. ““I feel ashamed for myself and change my behaviour” (girl, 14-17), while another child in the same age category stated, “I think it is good because we learn from our mistakes”“. (Save the Children Fiji 2006, p. 34). Another example is that they will learn to follow rules and be law-abiding citizens in the future due to...
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