Should parents be allowed to physically discipline their children?
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Should parents be allowed to physically discipline their children?

by kate added 1 month ago

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  • Studies have shown that loving parents who employ physical punishment in a well thought out manner produce the most well-adjusted children. Developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind conducted a ten year study into three distinct parenting styles: authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive.1 Her research showed that authoritative parents, who are characterized by a moderate use of physical punishment, produced the most outstanding children. Whereas many children of permissive parents exhibited behavioral issues and a lack of respect towards authority figures. Conditional spanking, spanking after clear warning and guidance is given, has also been proven more effective than other disciplinary methods, such as scolding and bargaining.2 Any parent knows effectiveness is of utmost importance when the objectionable behavior puts the child at considerable risk. If you are out with a child who is repeatedly displaying problematic road behavior, such as dashing into streets or running off, timeouts may not be an option. In situations like these time is of the essence. Rather than hoping to convince a young child of the risk their behavior poses, a pat on the bottom can quickly correct their dangerous actions. Moreover, once a child has a frame of reference for corporal punishment the threat of a spanking can often replace that actual need to spank.

    1 http://persweb.wabash.edu/facstaff/hortonr/articles%20for%20class/baumrind.pdf

    2 http://goodparent.org/corporal-punishment/research-on-corporal-punishment/evidence-favoring-the-use-of-disciplinary-spanking/

    by kate added 1 month ago 0 0

    Keep your childeren in discipline so that they dare not to go on the wrong path, but also encourage them for good things

    by tony added 1 month ago 0 0

    Any honest debate over physical punishment must define the limits of acceptable physical discipline. A few, terse, swats on the bottom given after a warning and outlining the undesirable behavior is not child abuse. Any governmental intervention in the parental choices, sans abuse, is a clear overstep of governmental authority. Spanking has deep ties to religion, particularly Christian ordinations. Further it is a tradition amongst different cultural groups. According to UNICEF, globally, an estimated 60% of parents use physical discipline with their children.1 In America, 70 percent of parents approve of spanking.2 This is clearly a deeply rooted practice that cuts across cultures and back through time. There is no evidence that this time-honored tradition, enacted properly, poses any danger to children or undermines society. Therefore on which foundation would democratic governments have arguments to intervene in this of most personal decisions? That is how to run and manage your family.

    1 http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Hidden_in_plain_sight_statistical_analysis_EN_3_Sept_2014.pdf

    2 https://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/americans-opinions-on-spanking-vary-by-party-race-region-and-religion/

    by gert added 1 month ago 0 0

  • when a child is given corporal punishment at a young age, it sends messages to the brain saying that "my parents hit me because they're mad that I did something wrong, so it's okay to hit someone else when I'm angry". So corporal punishment isn't solving anything if anything it's hurting the child and putting the people the child interacts with in danger. There are no benefits to hitting your child. You'll only make them scared of you and others scared of your child. And all it'll prove is that you're a horrible parent.

     

    by Jcyrus88 added 1 month ago 0 0

    Many parents who use corporal punishment’s goal is to produce well-adjusted citizens. In fact, physical discipline by nature is used to correct behaviors that are undesirable or inappropriate. Unfortunately, the adverse tends to happen. Parental use of physical discipline increases a child’s risk for mental health issues later in life. Children who are frequently spanked are more likely to show symptoms of depression and anxiety in both the short-term and the long-term. This appears cross-culturally “documented in countries as disparate as Hungary, Jamaica, Mongolia, Norway, and the United States.”1 Many children are unable to relate the physical punishment to their external behavior and instead internalize it, perceiving it as a repudiation of themselves. This can lead to long-term self-esteem and associated issues. In another study, researchers found that when describing corporal punishment in their own words children described not only physical discomfort but emotional pain as well.2 This shows that the wounds inflicted through physical punishment are not merely felt on the body but also in the mind.

    1 http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1565&context=lcp

    2 http://www.crae.org.uk/media/26377/it-hurts-inside-summary-report.pdf

    by kate added 1 month ago 0 0

    Counter Argument

    Many of those who are anti-corporal punishment speak of legions of evidence of the disastrous effects of physical discipline. Behavioral issues, mental health issues, and child abuse are all pointed to as effects. However, when examining the literature on a closer basis, the evidence is just not there. Firstly, many studies do a poor job of defining the parameters of which counts as corporal punishment vs. abuse.1 A few pats, given on a clothed bottom by an in control parent is very different from a slap in the face. However, some studies define any hits to the body as spanking. Second, there is a lack of attention paid to predicting factors. Children who are often spanked for negative behavior, may have impulse control issues prior to their physical punishment, rather than caused by. For example:

    A cross-sectional study might, for instance, find that aggressive 10-year-olds were more likely than docile 10-year-olds to have been spanked as toddlers, but that does not mean that spanking made them aggressive. They may have been spanked because they were acting out back then, too.

    Until more well-designed studies are released exposing the link between physical punishment and these horrible outcomes, the evidence is lacking. It is common sense to look at the millions of children who experienced physical punishment and matured into good adults throughout history to show the true impact of well-disciplined children.

    1 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-science-says-and-doesn-t-about-spanking/

    by gert added 1 month ago 0 0

    Children are unwitting perpetrators of punishable deeds, often unaware of the immorality of and ramifications associated with their actions. The aim of any punishment is to teach them not only of consequence, but also of the harms caused by their action. Physical discipline is seldom accompanied by such explanations. Even in scenarios where there is a patient explanation of the wrongfulness of their deeds, it is lost as the parent administering the violent discipline becomes the person that the child momentarily dislikes and thus cannot connect to on a humane level to understand the legitmacy of their explanation. The parents become a superior entity who cannot be connected with, and is feared by the child, and deterrance, if any at all, is only as long as the fear of authority exists. 

    by Sudharshana added 3 weeks ago 0 0