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In many developed nationsthe corporal punishment of children—that is, spanking, whipping, caning and so on—is illegal. The study, published Nov. Get this special offer.
Despite all the warnings and criticism, four out of five parents still spank their kids. Many experts believe the negative consequences outweigh any behavior benefits. Who's right?
New research looks at the negative effects, both short-term and long-term, of spanking children. Spanking once may have been acceptable, but a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP says that laying a hand on your child as a form of discipline is not only completely counterproductive, it may be potentially damaging. Instead, it leads to increased aggression in the long run. Corporal punishment may also affect normal brain development by elevating stress hormones.
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The jury is still out on whether spanking is a solid form of discipline, or if it should be classified as child abuse. It is a hot topic that has divided parents for centuries. Some see it as a good form of discipline, that is left as a last resort, while others see it as counter-productive and harmful.
Several states still allow paddling in their school districts, and many parents firmly argue that physical discipline of children is the best way to curb bad behavior. Some say it's a form of tough love, others call it child abuse. Mocha Mom Jolene Ivey is joined by pediatrician Dr.
Sage Penn always judged parents for this one particular offense. However, she did so before she decided to have children of her own. After Penn became a mother, a lot of things changed, including her stance on spanking.
This is a place to discuss topics related to the spanking of boys. It is for boys who are or used to be spanked, for parents and caregivers that spank boys, and for Dads and other male caregivers that include spanking for children both boys and girls in their care. Posts that only involve the spanking of girls by moms or female caregivers are not appropriate here.