Spanking as a Method of Disciplining Children Spanking is inappropriate as a means of disciplining children. Despite the old adage ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ the use of corporal punishment is both counter productive in teaching children how to behave and potentially harmful to the child. Other methods are more humane and in the end teach values that are important for children growing up in a democratic society. Spanking is generally defined as the paddling or striking of a child [with an open hand] usually on the buttocks or extremities as a calculated strategy for changing undesired behaviors. This is different from emotion driven striking of a child out of frustration [generally defined as child abuse] or to protect him or her...The end:
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