If you are in the store and a child is running around and knocking over items while his mother chases him around pleading him to stop, what do you think? Do you think that the child must be naughty and won’t listen to his mother? What if when mom catches up she spanks his behind and they walk out of the store? Are you shocked, or do you think that’s exactly what he needed? Some people have very different opinions on child discipline including spanking. Some experts say spanking can be effective on a short-term basis in getting children to change any negative behaviors that prompted the spanking. Some states have even proposed outlawing spanking. Where do you draw the line on what is acceptable and what is not?
There are many different ways to discipline a young child. Most parents know that distraction is one of the first things you learn to do as a parent of a mobile child. If your baby is touching something dangerous you say “no that will hurt you”, or “you don’t touch that, how about this train it’s yours.” When that baby turns into a toddler, and is swinging from the racks at the store after you repeatedly tell them not to, then what. A lot of experts agree that after other methods like distractions and “counting down” or time outs, don’t work, a pop on the bottom and to be taken out of the situation teaches children to listen and to not push their parent’s buttons so much. A spanking does not need to hurt, it especially does not need to hurt your child to the point it bruises. The point of spanking is to show the child he/she cannot do that, and take them out of the situation. Spanking has been shown to be most effective in 2- to 6-year-olds when used in combination with milder disciplinary methods, such as reasoning and time-outs.
Delaware has become the very first state to pass a controversial law that effectively outlaws the corporal discipline of children by their parents. Senate bill 234 was signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on...