ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A growing body of research has shown that spanking and other forms of physical discipline can pose serious risks to children, but many parents aren’t hearing the message.
Many studies have shown that physical punishment — including spanking, hitting and other means of causing pain — can lead to increased aggression, antisocial behavior, physical injury and mental health problems for children. Americans’ acceptance of physical punishment has declined since the 1960s, yet surveys show that two-thirds of Americans still approve of parents spanking their kids.
Beth Gineris discusses the effects of spanking and provides alternative options to “physical disciplining”. Focusing on discovering their temperament and how to deal with them in a mindful way, rather than physical action is a much more positive approach.