How to change perceptions in parents so that physical punishment is seen as socially unacceptable?
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?"
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.
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.
by ExpandYourMind 6 years ago
Do you believe in physical punishment for children?Is your response related to your parent's discipline style?
by jez259 4 years ago
My parents used to hit me as a child, but did that mean they were bad parents? I got smacked across the face and all over my body.
by JITENDRA 5 years ago
Is it right to punish a child to learn discipline ?this question is related to study the behavior of all the people regarding the concept of discipline
by Philip Cooper 5 years ago
Do you agree that the best form of discipline for kids is fear?Since I was a child I have seen discipline in schools and children's respect for their parents diminish over time. In many schools the children are rude to their teachers, answer back and don't listen because there are never any...
by Jill Kostowskie 8 years ago
Let me start by saying I have 2 children of my own, a girl age 9 and a boy age 6, my fiance has a boy age 9, and togethter we have a 2 1/2 year old. We find ourselves at odds alot of the time about punishments with the children. I try to keep it fair but no one is perfect. But I...
by Diane Inside 8 years ago
I don't have children, but it seems to me that there are a lot more brats out there these days. Nieces and Nephews included. But parents don't believe in corporal punishment anymore. I remember getting whipped for bad behavior and I fully deserved it more times than I care to admit, but I never...
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