The debate surrounding the ethical practice of corporal punishment is a long one. For years, parents, as well as teachers, have argued whether or not they should physically punish children. By definition, corporal punishment is “physical pain inflicted on the bodies of a child as a penalty for disapproved behavior” (Dupper & Montgomery Dingus, 2008). This includes the use of any intentional methods such as hitting, spanking, paddling, exercise drills, painful body postures, and even electric shock. These methods usually end in injuries such as welts, blood blisters, severe bruising, hematomas, and broken blood clots (Dupper et al, 2008).
In this paper, I will argue and show parents how spanking and physically disciplining our children can have negative and detrimental consequences because it causes psychological damage, a lack of trust between child and parent, and when it is not done in the right mind set it can lead to more serious matters such as child abuse. “In 2012, a national survey showed more than half of women and three-quarters of men in the United States believe a child sometimes needs a "good hard spanking. "” Some may argue that spanking helps the child realize that their behavior is wrong and needs to be fixed, when parents discipline physically it might be a quick fix to stop the behavior, but as time goes on it does not only harm them physically but mentally and socially. While I agree that when a child’s behavior is wrong, we need to help them fix it, but I disagree that it should be done by physical punishment. Studies show that when kids are spanked or physically punished they tend to act out in the same way and choose to be aggressive like their parents.
It is argued that any physical discipline is child abuse. But it is also debatable that physical contact is needed in order to show authority. Corporal Punishment is Effective James Dobson, an award winning child welfare advocate, speaks for physical discipline of children. Corporal punishment is defined as any type of physical punishment, i.e. spanking, as a way to correct a child’s behavior.
Some time talking or taking away their cell phone might not always be that effective. A good explanation is quote by Ruben Navarrette the author of “Spanking isn’t child abuse” which states “in disciplining children, parents should do everything as kindly and gently as they can first. They should try to understand a child, make sure the child
Corporal punishment within public school systems continues to be a controversial issue, however, its use is one of the most effective means of discipline in public schools. “Corporal punishment is technically defined as the infliction of physical pain contingent upon the occurrence of a misbehavior (Vockell, 2010).” The use of corporal punishment has many advantages and supporters. The issue of corporal punishment has reached the United States Supreme Court. James Ingraham and Roosevelt Andrews suffered severe paddlings that left bruises and severe pain that required medical attention. The parents of these students filed a lawsuit claiming the paddlings were unconstitutional and violated their right of the Eighth Amendment- prohibition
Holding a child back from who they are just because you want them to be something different will also separate you two and can affect their future happiness greatly. In the end, new parents should try their best to not be too strict with their children and need to let their child express themselves. In conclusion, my parents were a mix of authoritative and permissive with me and my three older siblings. Their mixture of parenting styles had both positive and negative influences on my behavior as child. However, I hope I am the same way with my children as my parents were with me.
Instead of spanking, the AAP suggest parents use time-outs. Putting the child in time-out would meant the child would have not interaction with anyone. Therefore, giving the child time to calm down and think about what they did wrong. When the child is finished in time out the parent would be able to explain to the child why they were in trouble. Time-out would help them learn a lesson and help prevent the child from repeating the negative behavior.
For many, spanking a kid is deemed to be one of the best ways to raise a kid. Since the previous generations, also known as the older generations were raised this mode, many accredit that applying the almost exact same method on their kids can lead these youngsters to learn and grow straight, therefore expecting that a spanked kid will aftermath in a prospective society with future gracefully informed and well educated adults. However, corporal punishments aren’t indeed the appropriate way neither the best solution to deal with the misbehavior of a little bairn. Spanking a kid, whether it’s with bare hands or a flat object, may lead some kids to actually rebel against their family. As they grow up to a certain age, kids might start smoking, sneak out of the house and do other immoral meretricious actions as an outcome to get even with their family for previously spanking them.
The article states that part of the decline is because of greater public mindfulness, stepped-up avoidance attempts, and enhanced training as well as education. The decline in the rate of child abuse is not just because of the efforts of a single department or organization, but many organizations, systems worked together to achieve this progress in preventing child ill-treatment. Abuse can be of any sort such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse, cultural violence or verbal abuse, etc. However, most common are bodily and sexual abuses. Physical abuse means any intentional action taken to cause injury, trauma, bodily harm or suffering.
Corporal punishment has been talked about for many years if parents should or shouldn’t beat their kids. Many view that beating their kids, if other ways aren’t working, is a way to bring to their attention that the parent means business. Many studies have been taken opposing the use of corporal punishment but as today’s disrespectful children may need a few spanking to put them back on track. In an article called “8 Reasons to Spank your Kid” by LaShaun. Nicole Williams she gives 8 reasons why spanking your children is a good thing.