Physical punishment such as spanking They have been a way of trying to educate children since ancient times, however, there is more and more discussion about the effects that these have in the long run.
Many parents tend to see it as a tool effective and useful to teach them how to behave but experts in child health and development assure that it is a punishment that leads to more negative than positive results.
It’s never “just a beating”
Using spanking to discipline a child is one way to trust fear to achieve that this has the behavior that parents want. It is a way of using aggression to obtain obedience.
Hurting a child with physical punishment comes with an emotional impact that we should not ignorer and that brings long-term damage to its development.
The only reason children stop negative behavior after being spanked is because of their fear. They fear being hit and this causes them to change their behavior.
The real problem is that this change in behavior does not mean they really understood what they did wrong or that they really felt bad about what they did.
Spanking disconnects children from their parents. This leads to more behavior problems and as a result, more punishments. Soon the child and the parent enter a vicious cycle that only damages their relationship further.
Spanking makes children behave worse in the long run. In fact, they become more difficult to raise, ”say experts in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas.
Spanking children leads to long-term behavior problems, such as low self-esteem and mental health problems.
Aggression, antisocial behavior, mental health problems, low self-esteem, negative parent-child relationships, and impaired cognitive ability.
Children can be too restless and foolish and parents’ patience has its limits, but when they resort to physical punishment they come to nothing.
Aggressive behavior in the future
Children who receive physical punishment are more likely to show aggressive behaviors later in life.
When parents beat their children, they model aggression and children learn by observing how their parents behave. They learn that hitting is an acceptable way to solve problems or react when they are angry. This leads to aggressive behavior towards other people during childhood, but also later in life.
Spanking changes the way you interact with the world.
A study conducted on more than 160,000 children over a period of 50 years revealed in an analysis in the Journal of Family Psychology that spanking could be associated with:
In addition, they change the way children activate their stress system. Some researchers hypothesize that this type of stress, called “toxic stress”, It can cause mental and even physical damage by affecting the structure of the brain.
Spanking is not as bad as physical abuse but it can end in it. Research affirms that the defense mechanism is activated in the same way that happens with physical abuse ”.
For people who were spanked as children, the reasoning may seem far-fetched after all, things turned out fine, right? But it also had to do with the rest of the environment in which they grew up and the education they received. In addition, it does not mean that it should be a practice that continues since there are other methods of raising our children.
Educating your child with spanking is showing him that violence is the solution
It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken adults
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