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Children & Physical Punishment, Should parents use corporal punishment to discipline children?

(Is corporal punishment – beating, slapping, spanking – a good way to make children behave?)

Problems between parents and children are something quite usual - they appear at the very moment when the child becomes aware of his own personality. The conflict is inevitable – both the parents and the child want to have the last say. When the parents “win” in most of the “fights”, the child becomes shy, withdrawn; he / she doesn’t dare to do or ask anything in order not to be punished.

Punishment (whatever it may be) is a double – edged sword. Kids act on instinct, they rarely realize what exactly they are doing. Of course, as a result, they frequently make mistakes. If the parents are extremely strict and discipline the child quite often, they may destroy his / her future. From a psychological point of view, it is much more important to bring up a cheerful, happy offspring than to ruin their inner world.

On the other hand, punishment cannot be absolutely rejected. There are certain cases when a kid has to realize that sooner or later it will account for his / her mischiefs. What is more, chastise will almost certainly arouse hatred and other negative emotions, forgiveness can cause remorse and unexpected apology.

In conclusion, I’d like to point out that a loving parent can achieve much more than a strict one who too often tries to stick to his principles. Instead of saying “Spare the rod and spoil the child”, I’d rather put emphasise on the fact that children do not need rods but love and tenderness.

Notes!!!Too general at places. Needs more arguments for advantages and disadvantages.

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