I was 8 years old and living with my grandparents when I first saw my aunt beat her son when he refused to finish his meal.That was the first time I had seen an adult administer ‘corporal punishment at home’ on a child.
But this is something parents and teachers have been doing in various countries throughout centuries.
Corporal Punishment At Home
Children were repeatedly punished by parents, teachers and bosses at work back in the 18th century. However, this tide has after the recent shift in public opinion on spanking.
By definition, spanking is the act of hitting someone’s behind with an open hand. The This act has been questioned. Why do we prefer to hit our children? Does spanking help? And if it does, will other form of punishments also help?
The proponents say that if used effectively, spanking is a good disciplinary tool. Children understand that a particular action is not acceptable if they are reprimanded for it.
According to a recent study, children who are spanked up to the ages of 6 become better performers in school and are more active in charitable works than those who have never been physically disciplined in their childhood.
Re-instigating the debate on spanking, a candidate for US presidential election in 2016, Ted Cruz, spoke rather positively about physically reprimanding his children.
He said, “You know I’ll tell you, in my house, if my daughter Catherine, the five-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking.”
Is Spanking Helpful In Disciplining Your Child?
Cruz’s statement caused a lot of social media fury but also gained support for his action. Marjorie Gunnoe, a professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan also backed spanking and suggested that the opponents of corporal punishments do not have enough data. She states that spanking is a powerful yet dangerous tool that can provide desired results effectively.
Furthermore, spanking a child helps nurture respect between a parent and child and ensures that the child understands what is expected of them and adheres to rules. In comparison to other forms of punishment, proponents claim that spanking is a milder yet appropriate act to get your point across.
A cohort study published in BMJ Journal on effects of spanking and child’s intelligence, revealed that there is no connection between spanking and high IQ levels in children. And behavioral improvements were hard to gauge. . So according to the researchers, “at best spanking could be neutral; at worst, they could be devastating.
Aanother research conducted by Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, published in JAMA a mother-child pair was randomly selected from different families and their relationship was explored. Using Behavior Problems Index (BPI) and other statistical methods, a relationship between neighborhood influences, child behavior and spanking was revealed.
It suggests that in a high-risk neighborhood and corporal punishment actually help the child in avoiding bad behavior. The author states, “These studies suggested that corporal punishment may not be harmful to children in certain types of neighborhoods.”. It should, however, be understood that this conclusion is solely dependent upon the high-risk environments of the neighborhood.
Hard and frequent spanking can be an extension of emotional abuse.
- Contrary to popular belief, spanking does not improve verbal or intellectual skills.
- Spanking desensitizes the child and it becomes difficult to discipline them.
- A child’s self-esteem suffers and they exhibit rebellious and stubborn behavior.
- The child can bundle up rage inside of them which can negatively influence their relationship with their siblings and friends.
- Remember parents are a child’s role model. Youmay lose this prerogative in future.