Should Parents Be Allowed To Spank Their Children?
The inhuman act of corporal punishment at home that is discouraged globally by a number of pressure groups and social welfare organizations should be completely banned, and parents should be allowed to spank their children. Physical violence practiced on children also known as corporal punishment has been discouraged globally by a number of pressure groups and social organizations for a number of reasons with serious consequences for violators. In this paper, I will examine the arguments for and the arguments against corporal punishment explaining why I support my thesis. Firstly, Corporal punishment and violence at homes lower a child’s self esteem. Physical violence practiced on a child may result in long-term psychological effects such as anger issues and abnormal social behavior. A study conducted by Elizabeth Gershoff suggested a strong link between corporal punishment and unusual child behavior such as antisocial behavior and increased aggression. Corporal punishment is also said to have reduced IQ levels. Murray Straus, a member of the UNH, family research lab conducted a survey that established an inverse relationship between the national average IQ level and the percentage of individuals who were spanked or hit as teenagers. From his research, it was clear that the percentage of individuals, who were spanked as teenagers, had lower IQ levels in the future. The Center For Effective Discipline is a non-profit organization that has also indicated that individuals who are violently treated during childhood develop psychological issues such as anger management and depression in the future.
We often come across situations where young children often disobey their parents ignoring the practicality of the decision they make. At this point, Parents generally have two options of how to deal with such a situation. Some parents may choose to physically punish their children and express their frustration. However, there are alternative ways of dealing with such situations, and disciplining children. These other methods include having a mature conversation explaining a child the repercussions of his or her actions, and grounding children, by which parents may deprive their children of certain privileges. Children are chivalrous and innocent. Every individual has a unique set of ethics and morals that an individual believes in and follows, and children are chivalrous and innocent. Not only is it impractical to corporally punish children in order to do discipline them, but also I believe it is morally and ethically incorrect to do so. Unfortunately corporal punishment is practiced very often globally in both developed and developing nations, especially in today’s competitive world. Parents take out their frustration from their personal, social or professional life on their young children when these children make a mistake by physically assaulting them. The final argument that supports my thesis and is against corporal punishment practiced at home stems from the very first argument in this paper. The Center of Effective Discipline that earlier indicated that a child who has been violently treated during childhood may develop long term psychological issues has also indicated that these issues may lead to a child treated violently during childhood to turn into a violent parent in the future instilled with rage and hostility. This argument has been established by drawing a parallel between the psychology of children and monkeys. It has been suggested that the stereotypical psychology of ‘’monkeys see and monkeys do’’ applies to young children. Young children are innocent and tend to imitate other peoples actions and gestures as infants, and as toddlers. If parents spank young children and are stern with them from an early age, these children tend
to become violent and aggressive from an early age that often becomes a habit for the rest of their lives. Although corporal...
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