Corporal Punishment: What Are We Teaching Our Kids? Essay

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Research done by leading pediatricians, the American Psychological Association, and countless other sources since the 1960’s have completely revolutionized parenting and fundamentally changed how parents raise their kids. From a child’s nutrition to what your kids should watch on TV have been extensively studied, but none other more than corporal punishment as a means of discipline. Arguably one of the most difficult things any parent has to face when raising a child is discipline. Many parents, whether having their first child or already raising a family, often ask themselves: is corporal punishment an acceptable form of discipline and what effect could it have on my child? Like Dr. Spock wrote in his parenting guide, “The best test of a…show more content…
Although sometimes a slap on the hand or a firm open palm slap on the behind is necessary, it’s more important that the child understand why they are being disciplined. Corporal punishment can sometimes be a part of discipline, but it is not the cure to all situations and definitely not the only part of the solution. Just like the scripture reads, “A rebuke works deeper in one having understanding than striking a stupid one a hundred times” Prov 17:10 (New World Translation). While physically punishing a misbehaving child brings instant results by making the child complacent, the overall effect on the child is actually more negative. The child understands their actions caused them to get punished but this doesn’t actually teach the child a reason for behaving correctly, only that they did something wrong. Furthermore, it encourages aggression and violence because it models aggression and violence. “Spanking or slapping a child is an act of violence, just as slapping a wife is an act of violence” (Straus & Donnelly, 2001, p. XiX). I’ll elaborate by expanding on a scenario discussed in my English class of two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. The siblings are playing together with one toy, when the girl decides to take the toy and play with it by herself. The boy attempts to take the toy back but the sister refuses; upset by this, he slaps his sister
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