Child Discipline

3229 Words Jul 31st, 2012 13 Pages
Anton Shusterman
June 4th, 2011
Child Discipline

The most important thing in a child’s life is how his parents treat him. His future and the potential for growth and success are determined by the type of childhood that a person experiences. Sometimes parents don’t understand how important it is to treat their children well. Parents don’t think about the words that they say to their children or the actions that they take around them. Some parents think their children are too small and they will not remember the words and actions going on around them, but discipline is not only showing children how to live life and what not to do in any given situation. Discipline is also showing children what they are supposed to do and how they are
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The common assumption is that children need to be disciplined and instilled with fear to be properly behaved. Children are naturally rowdy, hyperactive, and troublemakers. Beating can cause depression and aggression in children as young as eight (Rodriquez 731). These children, having experienced beating and harsh physical punishment in response to a mistake or problem that they cause, in turn cause pain and beat other children in response to problems or wrongdoings caused by the children that are bothering them, thus channeling their anger at being beaten into the object of their frustration. (Zens et al. 192) Harsh discipline is not only beating or physical abuse, it is defined as “the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, for the purpose of correction or control of the child behaviors” (Straus, 2000 p.1110)” (Rodriquez 734)This lends credence to the belief that sometimes parents don’t know when they are exerting far too much physical discipline on their children.
Parents believe that some physical punishment is necessary and it will not cause adverse effect to children in the future, but that is not the case. In fact harsh discipline, specifically physical punishment, can lead to internalizing of problems and also a possibility of the physical abused children their anger on other younger children. (Zens et al. 190)
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