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Physical Punishment on Children

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Physical Punishment on Children

When it comes to discipline, parents tend to use the same methods they were raised with or do the opposite approach to their children. Any method can be beneficial or detrimental but it all depends on the way it is used and whether it is grounded in a parent's love and support. Physical punishment helps the child to comprehend the boundaries set by the parents and is needful as a consequence of children's bad behavior. I personally think that physical punishment on children control and aid the child to behave in the future.

People believe that spanking contribute to violent and aggressive behavior of children, thinking that when they become an adult, they will display violent actions and behavior. That is not the case, depending on how the parents uses the method properly and explains to the child why they are doing so. Some crowds in society are convinced that spanking/physical punishment and abuse are in the same category; which I think is absurd. Spanking is a form of striking the buttocks to cause temporary pain without causing a physical injury; preferably using an open hand. Abuse is the improper usage or treatment for a bad purpose, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. [1] Numerous countries around the world banned physical punishment. It is said that Sweden was the first country to ban it in 1979, following New Zealand, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal and Chile in 2007.[2] Although they condemned this "abuse", research shows that it increased the rate of child abuse, youth violence and aggressive parenting. The form of corporal punishment helps the child to learn early on that there is a penalty every time they engage in unacceptable behavior. Even though people against it are saying that the buttocks is a sexual zone that adult may have pleasure of punishing and that the child receiving it might have psychosexual development problems, responsible parents trying to help comprehend the child's error won't think this way; but will only think as a strategy of discipline.

Of course, I think that there should be a limit to punishing your child physically. There's a certain age to start and to end. The best age to start is at the age 3; they understand somewhat what's going on around them. A light tap on the hand or arm tells the child that it's not correct to do whatever the case might be. The child should understand the reason behind spanking before you do it and you should explain to the child why it is needed when they do something incorrect. This discipline should stop at around adolescence, when the child is mature and understand the consequence they may have if they cross the boundary. Spanking should be used when every other methods has been used; warnings and the opportunity for the child to repent. It is a strategy that should be used at the correct time, not because of anger. There

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