Spanking has been a common form of punishment for decades (many of us were spanked as kids, right?), but research shows that it can do a lot of harm for a young child’s development. Scientists are finding that it can lead to changes in a child’s brain that reinforce the ideas of violence and aggression being acceptable ways to achieve a purpose. Consider also the hypocrisy of telling a son or daughter not to hit a sibling, yet spanking them when they do something wrong.
So since kids are still learning proper behavior and will inevitably make mistakes, how can we appropriately discipline them without spanking? The key is self-control (it’s interesting that spanking often occurs when parents are at their wits’ end). Here are some healthier alternatives to spanking to help children learn good behavior:Continue Reading