Would You Consider Spanking to be Child Abuse?

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  1. Shil1978 profile image91
    Shil1978posted 6 years ago

    Would You Consider Spanking to be Child Abuse?

    Does spanking cause psychological effects on children in the long term, or do you think no harm can be caused to the child? Is terming it as child abuse far-fetched? Are there degrees to spanking? How would you qualify it, if you can qualify, what is acceptable spanking versus unacceptable, assuming you believe in spanking as a form of discipline? Do you believe there are other more effective forms of disciplining a child than spanking?

  2. profile image68
    win-winresourcesposted 6 years ago

    Hi Shil-

    This question seems to keep popping up here at Hubpages. 

    My position continues to be the same.  Spanking is violence.   Just like slapping, hitting, twisting, pinching and shaking.   Do you want to teach a child that violence is the way to deal with problems?  Do you want to see fear in your child's eyes?  Do you want your child cowering and running from you?

    Clear, calm, logical discussion where both sides are honored.  Where the child's behavior and the expectations are compared and everyone understands the mismatch.

    Is all spanking child abuse?  No.  But all spanking is violence.

    As a psychologist with emphasis in child and adolescent, there is little reason to believe that the infrequent swat on the bum is going to scar a child for life.  (After all most of us adults today managed to survive such discipline.)  That said, even the infrequent physical punishment does endanger the critical trust growing between parent and child.  A child, rightly, has good reason to believe that his parent will protect him, not hurt him.  A broken trust is very difficult to re-establish, if at all.

    Loving, teaching, correcting, defending, supporting, and nurturing is some of what a parent provides.  There should be very little room for hitting, slugging and punching (sadly, not all that far removed spanking).

    i would not be looking for the magical "acceptable amount of spanking".  There really is none.  But there certainly is an "acceptable amount of love, honesty and dignity" a parent can give a child.  All he can.


  3. swb64 profile image58
    swb64posted 6 years ago

    As a 'Dad' myself I experienced how terrifying it can be to actually hear folks say the children need a 'smack' and once tried never again, I will regret it for the rest of my long life. Love is the best discipline, my guess is you probably are not a parent?

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      pinapple123posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      agreed. Ignore the people. Your child matters.

  4. creativebutterfly profile image58
    creativebutterflyposted 6 years ago

    Yes I do, any physical touch to a child in anger or frustration is abuse and has deep emotional consequences for the child.  Understanding and listening, interacting with your children, setting boundaries and limitations will lead to much better ways of discipline.


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