Corporal Punishment In Children

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Corporal punishment is defined as the physical punishment via caning or flogging. Throughout the years corporal punishment, or more formally recognized by the older generations as "spanking" your kids, overtime has recently become acknowledged as a form of physical abuse. However, with the proper context, and an overall understanding between the parent and the child in question, corporal punishment has been considered a valid form of discipline. Throughout the course of history, the physical punishment of children is influenced by religious traditions and parents. "Recently, the value of physical punishment by well-meaning parents has been seriously challenged" (Flynn 48). Corporal punishment has been passed down from generation to generation…show more content…
Punish them with the rod and save them from evil." They are subjected to a literal demonstration of the bible. Many of the reasons people cite are ‘well, I turned out okay' or ‘these kids today need a good spanking.' Neither of these arguments are rooted in research. They are only rooted in opinion. It seems society has gone from the extreme of authoritarian parenting to passive parenting. That is a simplified explanation for what's happening with younger generations. The solution is not to swing back to the first extreme but rather to find the middle path which lies in authoritative parenting. Plenty of people who have been spanked and turn out fine. But when there are so many other proven alternatives, why would you choose to hit a child? The alternatives methods that can be taught to discipline a child are time-outs and the denial of privileges. The emphasis in these approaches is to nurture the child rather than disciplining. One study suggested that minorities and lower-income families were more susceptible upon approval of physical punishment. The findings were more consistent among white families. The parents who addressed the issue calmly had a more a more cost-effective result, and when controlled spanking was less damaging to the child. The…show more content…
As a parent, it is their job to teach their children about expectations, rules, morals, and values. Children need a guideline of discipline to be taught right from wrong this ultimately will keep the child safe. Though religion holds the respect of fearing God, this method of punishment will teach children not to disobey, but some amount of leeway needs to be given to show that they are still loved by their parents. Generations of children and young adults have been spanked before, and it's made them think about their actions before going through with it. As long as it's used as a last resort and controlled, spanking should be
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