Child Abuse And Child Discipline

925 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
One of the most controversial topics is the difference between child abuse and child discipline. Abuse is any action that intentionally harms or injures another person. Discipline is punishment that is intended to correct or train. Some parents do not see the harm in their form of discipline, but others may view it as abuse. It may not be the parent’s intention to harm their child but it is something that occurs. “In 2012, state agencies found an estimate 686,000 of child maltreatment.” .*(*Kids Count) Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children).
Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through an action or failing to act causes injury, death, or emotional harm to the child. A parent is responsible for disciplining their child, but some may have a tendency of using extreme measures. In my opinion, I think in certain cases mild physical punishment is acceptable. However, severe physical punishment should be avoided at all times, because this is not healthy for the child.
Some parents do not know how to handle a child that is misbehaving, which is the reason abusive discipline occurs. There are instances when a child’s misbehavior can cause abuse to the parent. The parent will reach a level of anger that will provoke them to automatically slap or hit the child. In which case the parent believes physical force is an acceptable form of punishment.…

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