Spanking is one of the many things about which parents agree — passionately — to disagree. After two parents complained that their daughters had been beaten hard enough to develop bruises and burnlike redness on their skin, the Springtown school board voted last week to amend its corporal-punishment rules. The school board also expanded its spanking policy overall by deciding to allow teachers to punish students of the opposite gender. A bigger question for many is why some states still allow corporal punishment in schools at all. Texas is one of 19 states that permit principals or teachers to put kids under the paddle.
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Parents should not spank their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP said Monday, in an updated policy statement on the effects of corporal punishment. Spanking as a form of discipline in young children leads to increased aggression and does not go very far in teaching responsibility and self-control, the AAP says, also noting the harmful effects of verbal abuse. According to the AAP, spanking does not lead to improved behavior over time. The group cites a study which found that children who were spanked more than twice a month at age 3 were more aggressive when they were 5. By the time they were 9, those children continued to exhibit negative behaviors and lower receptive vocabulary scores. The AAP advises parents to rely on healthier forms of discipline, such as using positive reinforcement, setting limits and making future expectations clear. The group recommends against using spanking, threats, humiliation or insults to punish children.
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Robert D. The updated statement was published online Monday and will appear in the December journal Pediatrics. The AAP cites research claiming corporal punishment or harsh verbal abuse not only won't change behavior over the long term, but can make children more aggressive. The group urges parents to create disciplinary plans where they stay in control.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strengthened its advice against corporal punishment in update guidelines, saying it makes kids more aggressive and raises the risk of mental health issues. We can do better. Verbal abuse and humiliation is also counterproductive, the pediatrics group said. Americans still strongly believe in beating, spanking or paddling children, both at home and in school.