Is Corporal Punishment A Common Parenting Approach?

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1. Provide a brief overview of the topic. Why do you think the speaker chose to focus on this topic?
I believe the speaker chose to focus on this topic because it seems as if corporal punishment is a common parenting approach, with over 70% of families participating. The speaker wants to introduce and convince families to a better parenting style. Holden presents a paradoxical argument that the way to empower children and parents is to disempower parents. He touches on the subject of corporal punishment and its unintended side effects. He transitions from speaking about a “traditional” parenting orientation, to what he considers a better option, “positive” parenting. He goes into further detail in regard to the lite and strong version of “positive” parenting and its core practices.

2. What were the speaker’s primary talking points? (Describe at least three major ideas that the speaker focused on in his/her talk?)
Primarily, Holden focused on discrediting the traditional parenting approach by speaking on unsearched, negative effects of spanking children, considering the approach to be parent-based, and using negative connotations with words such a slapping and physical-abuse.
Secondly, he spoke on the “revolution of positive parenting”. He considers this approach to be empowering for children and better for families. He lightly touches on the negative of effects of this parenting and how unstudied it is, but continues to elaborate on how “promising” it is.
In closing,…
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