“Discipline vs. Child Abuse”
Matthew A. Cornblith
How far is too far? Some people believe that child abuse is an acceptable form of discipline, however I do not. There is a fine line between discipline and child abuse. What is discipline? Discipline is “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” (https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&source=hp&btnG=Google+Search&gbv=2#hl=en&gbv=2&q=discipline). What is abuse? Abuse is “to treat a person or animal with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly.” (https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&source=hp&btnG=Google+Search&gbv=2#hl=en&gbv=2&q=abuse+definition) Nowhere in the definition of discipline did it say that abuse was necessary or a part of disciplining. Yes, discipline is appropriate for children, but only within certain limits, otherwise it becomes child abuse. Child abuse completely defeats the whole purpose and the word discipline. Discipline can be a verbal reprimand or a controlled physical punishment such as a spanking or chastisement that has reasonable limits and by reasonable limits I mean a spanking that does not leave bruises or scars. You can spank a child without it leaving bruises or scars and it is considered discipline. A spanking or chastisement is only abuse when it gets out of control and leaves bruises or scars. Getting spanked as a child is normal to most parents/legal guardians based on their beliefs. Abuse is not only physical but it is emotional, verbal, sexual, and neglect, but in this case we are only discussing physical abuse. Discipline is very important as a parent/legal guardian because it teaches your child and or children to be obedient. It teaches them lessons in life and it teaches them right from wrong. There are many forms of discipline. You can discipline your child by grounding them, restricting...
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