Forms of Discipline: Punishment is too Aggressive

805 Words Jun 25th, 2018 4 Pages
In recent studies, researchers have found that ninety percent of parents spank their children; yet, seventy-three percent of mothers report that their child will continue to repeat their behavior they were disciplined for (Ogilvie). Based of this information, the effectiveness of this form of discipline seems to be incredibly low. Now consider another fact: how harmful is this to children physically and mentally? Would this affect them as they grow up and even continue to affect them into their adulthood? If it fails to do anything beneficial, obviously, unforeseen consequences will be the result. Spanking children is not effective as a punishment and should be replaced with different methods to punish with lesser negative effects on young …show more content…
So the more a child sees someone resolving conflict with aggression, the more aggressive they become. (Rochman)
Teaching a child to not behave negatively by disciplining them with a negative action is incredibly ironic, it works in the short-term but leaves the long-term consequence of aggression in the child’s mindset (Rochman). Children that have been victims to spanking may feel devalued, their self-worth gone, and turn to lying to avoid spankings (Rochman). Several studies have proven that the more often a parent strikes at a child, the more likely the chance of the child striking back (Ogilvie). Unfortunately, spanking is a never-ending cycle in the case that parents who have been disciplined in this way when they were kids find that spanking is the only way of punishing (Rochman). Unsurprisingly, out of over eighty different studies conducted on the effects of physical punishment, not one has come back with results that show any positive associations to this form of discipline (Rochman). The guidance parents need to learn should be verbal and show that the child has understanding of how to fix their mistakes. The line between spanking and abuse is very thin, and parents sometimes can go overboard and be extremely violent instead of just using simple discipline. This form of discipline we know as spanking can easily go from discipline to violence fueled by anger (Toth). Children