Spanking- Is it Okay to Spank Children?

Monday July 23, 2012

By Amy Morin

A recent study shows that children who are spanked are more likely to have mental illness as adults. Since the study has been published, many people have weighed in on their opinions about spanking and it doesn't look like this debate will quiet down any time soon. It raises the question about whether or not spanking children is an okay form of discipline.

Many parents seem to be pro-spanking. Often, the attitude is, "I was spanked and I turned out alright." However, it's important to remember, how did you feel when you were spanked?

Other parents point out that spanking is legal. And yes, it is legal in the United States to spank your child. However, just because it is legal doesn't mean it is a good idea.

There are definitely many mixed messages out there about spanking. In many states, children are still paddled in schools. So, is it okay to instill fear in children with corporal punishment or not?

There are definitely more effective discipline strategies rather than spanking. So why don't parents use them? I suspect parents often use spanking as a last resort or they spank out of anger.

Spanking only hurts for a minute. But if you take away a privilege for a day, it can hurt longer. Learn how to use effective discipline rather than punishments and you can teach your child life skills.

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