Is spanking ever a good idea?
Spanking, slapping, or hitting children will get their attention, but it doesn't teach children what is expected of them or how to behave in the future. Physical punishment teaches the child that aggression is an acceptable way to solve problems and may lead to abuse or aggression toward other children. Additionally, physical punishment can discourage and embarrass children and lower their self-esteem. It shows that a parent has lost control and is responding emotionally instead of with reason and understanding.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009