Is there significant merit to the claim that children only listen for fear of punishment, and may deviate once out of their parent’s control? The…
The method is to treat the child with respect. it is to treat the child as important as you are. it is treating him with the same respect with which you wish for him/her to treat others, you and him/herself.
Corporal punishment is mistakenly equated with discipline, to which it has no relation whatsoever. On the contrary, it is a widely practiced form of mental and physical torture, that causes irreparable damage throughout the person’s life and violates the rights of the child.
Corporal punishment typically involves being battered on the buttocks with a wooden board. The risks are obvious. No standards govern the practice, and there is no way to determine if some invisible line has been crossed until after the act. No teachers’ college in Arkansas instructs undergraduates in the correct method for hitting people. For your information, I have enclosed a page of photos showing injuries to students that have resulted from school corporal punishment. It can be viewed online at www.nospank.net/injuredkids.pdf.
In April, an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal analyzed two decades of data and concluded that spanking has no upside, and its downsides include increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance abuse and aggressive behavior later in life.