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Spanking Can Be an Appropriate Form of Child Discipline
Pro / Con: Spanking - Los Angeles Times
Everybody's child at some point becomes that kid: the one punching, kicking, tossing stuff, or generally engaging in bad behavior that can't be ignored. It's a primal thing, a rite of passage on your child's journey to being an individual. Unfortunately, there's no easy answer to how you should react to your child. And opinions about what to do about the bad child vary — a lot. BabyCenter recently conducted an exclusive survey to uncover the "bottom line" on spanking and other discipline techniques used by today's parents.
How to Spank a Child
When your 3-year-old is throwing a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket or has poured his milk all over the floor, the urge to spank may be overwhelming. But does it work? And more importantly, is it harmful to kids? Once considered a fairly standard parenting practice, spanking is now opposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Assn.
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. These kinds of experiences are why this whole issue is fraught with controversy — a child should never be abused.