It Causes More! So, here we go again with a typical posts parenting canard: Proper discipline, which should indeed instill reasonably good emotional control into children as young as 4, turns children into unquestioning robots. I heard this claptrap in graduate school, courtesy of my professors, most of whom were enamored with new ideas concerning children. I truly thought it had run its course. Now, in fairness, Pinker admits that these correlations do not prove a cause-effect relationship.
Teacher jailed for spanking boy with a slipper on his bare bottom in the 1990s
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Parents who have been read this article may ask, "Where does an old-fashioned corporal punishment like spanking come in? Spanking and similar corporal punishments are often effective in the short-term. Because of the fear of a sore bottom or after feeling the effects of the spanking , children will typically stop engaging in the behavior that got them in trouble. One problem is, however, that spanking tends to lose its effectiveness as time goes by and children become more experienced. Over time, children can become immune to the discomfort of spanking, or will engage in other unwanted behaviors, such as lying or sneaking around, in order to avoid the punishment. Spanking may also increase the level of emotion involved in the discipline process and escalate the situation rather than calming everyone down. There is the violence issue to contend with as well.
The idea of swatting children horrifies many parents, who say the practice is cruel, antiquated, and ineffective. Decades of research support those claims and draw links between childhood spankings and mental health problems later in life. A recent study even found that spanked kids are more likely to behave violently toward future romantic partners. Black parents spank more often than white parents, and parents who spank usually are poor and less educated than parents who never spank. In other words, the divide is increasingly cultural as well as ideological.
Training Children to Be Strong in Spirit. In Defense of Biblical Chastisement. When is a child too young to spank?