CONSIDER THESE BEFORE DECIDING TO SPANK YOUR CHILD
1. Spanking May make your Child’s behavior worse.
According to the article linked below (no.1), research shows that children who were spanked had a higher chance of developing antisocial behavior such as anger issues, vindictiveness, argumentative behavior, and a refusal to follow rules. These findings are in stark contrast to what we would expect which is that well-disciplined children are better behaved than cuddled children.
2. Positive Reinforcement has been shown to be preferable to Negative Reinforcement.
Positive and Negative reinforcement are both techniques that attempt to control behavior. Positive reinforcement attempts to reward good behavior, and thus encourage it, while Negative reinforcement attempts to encourage positive behavior by taking away negative stimuli (spanking). Negative reinforcement has been shown to only temporarily reduce negative behavior.
Therefore, if you want your bundle of joy to behave, gifting them for good behavior is preferred compared to relying on their fear of punishment.
3. Spare the rod, and spoil the child.
Although it has been proven in research that punishment alone isn't reliable to manage behavior, it is most certainly not useless. The Bible dictates that “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” – Proverbs 13:24.
The pain your child feels when you spank them pales in comparison to the amount of pain they may experience from being ill-equipped adults down the road.
2. Proverbs 13:24
3. Images used are from google and purely for illustrative purposes
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