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Should Parents Be Allowed to Strike Their Children

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 01:15 AM
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What is the difference between "discipline" and "corporal punishment"? Literally, discipline means to teach or instruct; usually referring to helping children learn self-control. However, when parents speak of discipline, they often mean corporal punishment. Corporal punishment, though, involves the application of physical pain in response to undesirable behavior. In my opinion, I strongly believe that parents should not strike their child because there are other alternatives can cause long-term effects. So, why risk it?

Strike can be ineffective because it does not teach an alternative behavior. Children may feel resentful, humiliated, and helpless after being striked. As a result, the lesson they learn appears to be they should try harder not to get caught. Also, it sends the wrong message to children. Striking can demonstrate that hitting is an acceptable way to solve problems, and that it is all right for a big person to strike a smaller one. When striking is a frequently discipline method used it may have some harmful long-term effects such as increasing the chances of misbehavior, aggression, violent or criminal behavior, impaired learning, and depression.

Instead of striking, the first response to do is to calm down because when your angry or upset you may make choices that you wouldn't under calmer circumstances. Then, you may think of alternative approaches to discipline. Parents need time out too; they should go for a walk, take a warm bath, read, and something to help keep them focused. Parents should be firm, kind and rational. Set down rules, let the child know if it is not negotiable and then what the consequences will be. Let the child know, if possible, whether the child has choices, and that as you the adult are the authority. Let children know ahead of time what is acceptable and what is not. If they know your rules and the consequences, all you have to do is follow-through...


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