Is physical force a justifiable method of punishing children?
Not in my opinion, you've shown the child you have run out of options. They'll start to become immune and it will lose the effect, not to mention the point you're trying to teach them.
Nope. I don't think it works, I don't think it's good for the children and I especially don't think it's good for the parents.
Justifiable? Not sure but I do know that it is not the best method, for children repeat everything they see and you are teaching them to do whatever it is by example. Besides that, there are more gentle and loving methods that work better. Read a few of my hubs for examples.
Using physical force to punish a child is a crime.It will only make them lose their self confidence in the long run.
I think the focus should be on teaching them the right way to behave rather than on looking for ways to punish them. There are methods out there to get even the worst children to cooperate (e.g. setting the right expectations and boundaries, providing incentives, etc.). Here is a quick list with 5 ways to set set the stage for proper behavior:
No, it is never OK as it is physical abuse. In addition, thinking the word 'consequence' is much more positive than the negative connotation that the word 'punish' has.
Violence will only generate more violence and that violence can pass along for generations. It is up to us right here, right now to STOP the cycle of violence.
Why would you want to teach violence anyway?
All it will do is build their tolerance for even more violence and they'll start becoming so used to the initial violence that your violence would only need to increase to have an effect. And that's Not the effect you want to have any way. Besides, if they learn violence, then you'll have even more bad behavior to deter because they'll learn that violence is OK and therefore have even more violent behavior. I think one must ask, if following this model, when would it stop?
Remember that positive will generate more positive and that will deter poor behavior much more effectively in the long run because they are learning positive rather than violence.
And if you are wondering, I do have a 4 year old.
NO, not for any reason is violence justified. Pschological studies show that the bast way to change behavior is to reward desired behavior, and to ignor (not give any attention) to bad behavior. A time out with no stimuli( toys, ipod, computer, etc)with an explanation on why they are getting a time out.
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