It is a known fact that when spanking a child, he/she turns into a more aggressive person. According to a news policy statement Monday from the American Academy of Pediatricians, it changes the shape of their brain and doesn’t have an effect.
The new policy uses a variety of older studies to show the downsides of spanking a child and offers other solutions for parents who are looking for ways to discipline their kids without any kind of aggressive actions.
It is an interesting fact that this is not the first time an organization tries to blame spanking children. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child said that the spanking is considered to be a legalized cruelty against the children in 2006. The American Psychological Association warned against the practice of spanking in an article written in 2012. The warning included the possibilities of physical injury and the mental problem for children.
And this new policy from the American Academy of Pediatricians reviewed a debate on child abuse and it is a damaging and ineffective action.
A study done in 2014, showed that more than 73% of children who were spanked in their childhoods continued the bad behavior, while The Fragile Families a Child Wellbeing Study showed a connection between spanking and an increase in aggressive behavior in children.
A recent poll taken in 2017 found that 6% of Americans approve the action f spanking the child and 67% agree on the fact that school teachers are not the one who will be doing the spanking. Over 50% says that they are currently spanking their children in their homes.
So you may ask how to control an unruly child without spanking?
In a new study, author Sege suggests timeouts which can be useful for toddlers and preschoolers and for babies are better to be taken to another place.
And for older children, Sege suggests giving them a “natural consequence” like holding a parent’s hand when crossing the street etc.