When a child is acting up, getting angry or showing signs of aggression, some people think the best way to punish the child is to spank them.
Kelly Clarkson recently released to the public that she uses spanking as a way of punishment.
“My parents spanked me and I did fine in life and I feel fine about it,” says Clarkson, a soon-to-be judge on The Voice.
But according to the Government of Canada, under reasonable circumstances, a parent or guardian may justify using force towards a child as a form of punishment.
However, according to the Canadian Child Care Federation, there are no positive outcomes from striking a child.
Although there are many pros and cons to corporal punishment, the cons outweigh the pros by a landslide. Spanking a child is more harmful than helpful.
Even though spanking is a form of punishment, it is not the best way to punish a child because it can lead to further problems, according to Dr. Alan Kazdin, who started the Kazdin method of parenting.
On Kazdin’s website parents can learn of strategies on effective parenting.
Spanking a child may get the point across the first time, but it doesn’t mean the child is not going to repeat the same action.
Children are known to follow or repeat what they are taught, according to Dr. Kazdin, a professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University who also says repeated spanking could result in the child acting out in a way in which they were taught, such as hitting, pinching, screaming, or punching friends, classmates, even teachers.
Teachers are there as guidance for students, but a teacher cannot do their job if the child has no respect.
Spanking may establish respect between a child and parent, but according healthline.com, it may introduce fear but fear can also lead to the child becoming antisocial.
Antisocial behaviour can lead to anxiety which can lead to depression, according to Child Care Confederation, an organization who works to protect the children.
They also say another negative effect of spanking is poor academic achievement, as the child may not adapt at school because of fear.
Although spanking can lead to depression, it can also lead to the child growing up and using violence as a source of problem solving, according to Healthline.
The shock factor behind spanking a child will affect the child because it will scare them into not repeating the same action, but if a child is spanked, they may think it’s normal to use force in everyday life. This may result in physical abuse to others, including partners or family, according to Canadian Child Care Federation.
Corporal punishment has a negative effect on children. It has been proven by many experts that the method of spanking is unsuccessful and harmful to a child’s all-around health.