Though some contend any form of physical correction equates to child abuse, there is a giant chasm between a mild spanking properly administered out of love and an out-of-control adult venting their emotions by physically abusing a child. Unfortunately, each of us enters this world with desires that are selfish, unkind, and harmful to others and ourselves. It is vital, however, that spanking be administered within proper guidelines. The reports about the punishment meted out by Peterson to his son, and the consequent injuries his son suffered, indicate his behavior on that occasion was far outside those boundaries.
Hitting kids: American parenting and physical punishment
The era of spanking is finally over (opinion) - CNN
What explains this turnaround? Perhaps America lost interest because most Americans hit their kids, and most think that that is the way it should be. Why do adults hit children? But questions remain about its long term effects, some of which we address in this memo:. Children whose parents hit them regularly may also develop more distant parent-child relationships later on. There is also robust evidence of an increased incidence of aggression among children who are regularly spanked.
Parents should not spank their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said on Monday in its most strongly worded policy statement warning against the harmful effects of corporal punishment in the home. Robert D. Sege, a pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, and one of the authors of the statement.
Spanking is indeed controversial, but there's no way to view the following spanking story as anything but awful and extremely bizarre. You might want to sit down for this one. According to various media reports, a man allegedly spanked a stranger's toddler in a grocery store and has since been arrested.