Spanking is a widely debated topic. Although most experts advise against corporal punishment, many parents still report spanking is an effective discipline strategy. Before you decide if it's OK to spank your child , examine the potential consequences of physical punishments. Reasons Parents Spank Sometimes parents spank their children out of desperation.
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Spanking Can Be an Appropriate Form of Child Discipline | Time
Research shows that corporal punishment can harm a child's emotional and intellectual development, but in dire straits some parents see no other option for providing discipline. There are still a great number of parents who think it is okay to spank their children, despite all the evidence otherwise. Considering all the research saying spanking creates more bad behavior and negatively affects brain development, is there ever an appropriate time for spanking? I recently met a woman while in the audience waiting area for three Oprah's Lifeclass tapings in Chicago who caused me to really consider this question. I was there as a therapist, with the majority of the seats filled by those raised without a dad. The woman I spoke with raised her sons alone.
Spanking Can Be an Appropriate Form of Child Discipline
Along similar legal lines, in June , the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that the state was justified in denying foster parenting privileges to a couple who practiced corporal punishment and supported spanking or paddling children. The couple in the case had argued, unsuccessfully, that physical discipline was an integral aspect of their Christian faith. America is slowly growing less supportive of spanking children.
Interview Transcript Dr. There's always controversy over spanking children. Some people say kids should never be spanked, and others argue that generations have spanked their children, and most adults who were spanked turned out just fine. And some kids these days really need a good spanking. So who's right?