What explains this turnaround? Perhaps America lost interest because most Americans hit their kids, and most think that that is the way it should be. Why do adults hit children?
First, let me emphasize that it is possible If he is routinely beaten by hostile, volatile parents, or if he witnesses physical violence between angry adults, or if he feels unloved and unappreciated within his family, the child will not fail to notice how the game is played. Thus, corporal punishment that is not administered according to very carefully thought-out guidelines is a dangerous thing.
Past research has indicated that physical punishment, such as spanking, has negative consequences on child development. However, most research studies have examined short-term associations -- less than one year -- between discipline and development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that physical discipline experienced during infancy can negatively impact temperament and behavior among children in the fifth grade and into their teenage years.
The indictment of NFL player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has generated an extensive discussion in the media on the topic of disciplining children by "spanking," or corporeal punishment, as commonly practiced in our society. The Peterson case is, of course, extreme--but not necessarily uncommon. He used a "switch," a slim, leafless tree branch, to beat his 4-year-old son, raising welts on the youngster's legs, buttocks and scrotum, but millions of Americans--by far the majority of the over generations--can testify to being "spanked," or in some cases "beaten," with belts, switches, cords, and other objects that left their markings on legs and buttocks.
As a parent, one of your jobs to teach your child to behave. It's a job that takes time and patience. But, it helps to learn the effective and healthy discipline strategies.
The impact of violent discipline methods on children is contingent on the culture or community they belong to. In such cases, their best resort to teach their children a lesson is either by scolding or spanking them. According to a survey conducted by Bornsmart, a parenting organisation, inaround 80 per cent of parents admitted to spanking their children.
It definitely kept me in line. But when I had my own child, I knew I wanted to discipline him differently. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP is amplifying that research to try and prevent more parents from spanking their kids.
New research looks at the negative effects, both short-term and long-term, of spanking children. Spanking once may have been acceptable, but a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP says that laying a hand on your child as a form of discipline is not only completely counterproductive, it may be potentially damaging. Instead, it leads to increased aggression in the long run.