Spanking as a Disciplinary Method

642 WordsJan 30, 20183 Pages
In this literature review, the recent findings about spanking as a disciplinary method for a child is 70% of America adults agreed that it is 'sometimes necessary to discipline a child with spanking (Petts, 2002). Spanking helps the child fit into the real world happily and effectively. It is the foundation for the development of the child’s own self-discipline (Tobias, 1999). Discipline such as spanking is about teaching and guiding children, not just forcing them to obey. When using spanking to discipline, the child should always know that the parent loves and supports him or her. Trust between parent and child should be maintained and constantly built upon. Studies show that spanking, properly utilized, can lead to well-adjusted children (Dobson, 1992). The discipline of children has become a very controversial subject and emotional issue, especially in the light of today’s plague of child abuse. There will always be arguments on both sides. Some Christian parents view spanking as a solution for discipline their children according to Gods word. Spanking is used to instruct their children in the ways of God. It is important to view spanking in the total context of child development. While the Bible advocates corporal punishment, it also places stern restrictions on its use. Spanking should never occur when a parent is angry (Lansford, Wager, Bates, Pettit, & Dodge, 2012). According to the Bible, parents must lovingly shape their children according to God’s
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