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How to change perceptions in parents so that physical punishment is seen as soci

  1. Anuththara Ekeli profile image62
    Anuththara Ekeliposted 19 months ago

    How to change perceptions in parents so that physical punishment is seen as socially unacceptable?

  2. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 19 months ago


    Most people tend to punish their children the way they were.
    Since society doesn't actually step into someone's household it is limited to what can be done aside from creating laws or taking children away from their parents and placing them in foster homes.
    Note: Very few children in foster homes or the system are "happy".
    When I was growing up in the U.S. it was normal for parents to whip their children with belts, switches, or electric cords when they got out of line. More often than not it was done in the home.
    However a public spanking wasn't unheard of for bad behavior.
    In addition school teachers/coaches, & principals could paddle students. Being well behaved/showing adults respect was expected.
    Having said that there have been lots of changes in the U.S. School officials are no longer allowed to physically punish students. If a child shows up in school, a hospital, or other public place with visible scars there is a good chance child services will step in to evaluate the situation in the home.
    My mother use to leave us in the car while grocery shopping today that's a crime. There was no such thing as "child proofing" a home. And during the summer months it wasn't uncommon for TV stations to run a public service announcement;
    "It's 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?"

    1. Anuththara Ekeli profile image62
      Anuththara Ekeliposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      sir can you please write an article on the negative effects of physical punishments?

  3. tamarawilhite profile image90
    tamarawilhiteposted 19 months ago

    If lesser punishments like grounding or taking away TV and denying them fun activities works, then spanking isn't necessary.
    If those punishments don't work, then parents may need to resort to physical punishments. And parents with multiple children or nothing they can take away from the child as punishment may resort to a spanking because there isn't anything else that would quickly punish the child.

    1. Glenis Rix profile image99
      Glenis Rixposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I believe that physical punishment is a criminal offence in the U.K. If you hit an adult it's assault so why is it Ok to hit a defenceless child.

  4. RTalloni profile image89
    RTalloniposted 19 months ago

    Thinking through the difference in punishment and discipline is crucial to understanding the issues. Even then, the issues involved are complicated by individual circumstances and should be well considered before trying to simplify them.