Were you spanked as a child? Then you may think it's a good way to guide a child. Or maybe you don't want to spank, but you find yourself doing it because you don't know how else to get through to your child.
Spanking remains a common, if controversial, childrearing practice in the United States. In this article, I pair mounting research indicating that spanking is both ineffective and harmful with professional and human rights opinions disavowing the practice. I conclude that spanking is a form of violence against children that should no longer be a part of American childrearing.
By Dr. CNN I think it's safe to assume that most parents who spank their kids love them very much. I've never met one who said otherwise.
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Slapping and spanking in childhood and its association with lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders in a general population sample. CMAJ ; Whether to spank or not to spank children as a form of punishment in the home and, in some parts of the country, in the school is one of those controversial child-rearing issues about which every clinician has a strong opinion.
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No, spanking babies is a bad idea. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors rejected it, and so should we. Spanking is an ineffective discipline strategy, and harmful to an infant's development.