To Spank or Not to Spank Sophia Davis ENG122 Holly Wilcox July 12, 2010 Spanking is a form of corporal punishment commonly used to discipline an infant, toddler, child, or teenager. It typically consists of an adult striking the child’s bottom in reaction to poor behavior, with either an open hand or an implement, without producing physical injury. There is much argument over whether a parent should spank their child or not. Those who do not believe in spanking say spanking is form of child abuse.
They associate it with various adult problems. These pacifists suggest using an “alternative” to spanking; that spanking teaches children that violence is an acceptable way of getting one’s way. They also believe it confuses children because most of the same adults who spank also teach that violence is not generally acceptable. This is said to be “hogwash”. Those who believe in spanking, most of whom are Christians, say and that GOD commands parents to spank for misbehavior.
Parents have spanked their children for quite some time; for thousands of years, at least. Until the New Parenting revolution of the late sixties /early seventies swept common sense from child rearing, most parents spanked. In 1965, spanking was alive and well. Some children were not spanked much, but they contend that each one was memorable. It has not been proven that being spanked improves a child’s behavior but some believe it does.
Some individuals have become violent individuals from the spankings they received as children. There are also some who received spankings but have become non-violent individuals are very respectable members of society. When a child was spanked, they did not go out of the house looking for some smaller child to “whoop”, as phrased in the South. The worst consequence of being spanked is that the child came to loathe a parent (There is no guarantee this feeling would not have occurred regardless of being spanked).
Some people, ranging in age from 30s to 40s, who were spanked with belts or other devices, claimed, with very rare exception, to not love their parents. They also claim that they deserved the spankings and that the possibility of a spanking served to keep tighter boundaries on their potential for misbehavior. The social sciences research finds that today’s kids are significantly more prone to violent behavior, directed toward both self and other, than was older generations, yet today’s kids are not being spanked nearly as much, if at all.
The notions that spanking confuses children, teaches children to hit, and the like are still up for debate. There is no credible evidence, obtained by people with no axe to grind, that would support these claims. The media over publicizes these issues which helps the pacifists to keep the debate open. They believe that if the media continues to help them “hype” their passive views enough, more and more people will become convinced they are true. References Ramsburg, D. (1997).
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