Outline: Should children be disciplined by physical punishment?
a. History; My experience
3. Point 1: Cons
a) Spanking causes violence
b) Trust issues
4. Point 2: Pros
a) When appropriate
b) Why effective
5. Point 3: Crossing the line
b) Rules for proper spanking
6. Point 4: Discipline plan
b) Time out
7. Point 5: Conclusion
Are parents becoming too lenient?
When I was a kid I knew better than to have a tantrum, especially in public. I specifically remember my dad dragging my older sister out of Safeway by her coveralls taking her to the truck and spanking her, just once and not very hard. I never threw a fit with my dad after that, my mother was a different story because she refused to spank us and rarely followed through with her threats. Flash forward 22 years and parents don't feel safe enough to spank their children. Spanking a child could sanction a visit from Child Protective Services. Some children just need to be spanked in order to learn how to behave, I would know, I was one of them. While a downside exists to spanking there are favorable outcomes as long as it is used as a last resort in a discipline plan.
If used improperly physical punishment can indeed cause a child to resort to violence. A child could learn if they don't like someones behavior all they have to do is hit them to change it. Frequent and harsh punishment can force a child to be unnaturally introverted, making them bottle up their feelings and potentially causing a harmful eruption of emotions. Studies have also shown the overuse of spanking causes a rift in the bond between parents and children (psychologytoday.com). So why do parent's choose to use spanking as a tool?
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