Disciplining Children Essay

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Kaylee Ellis Disciplining Children When it comes to disciplining a child, there is no right or wrong answer on which way is the most effective way; not only right after the child misbehaves, but also how it will effect them later on in life psychologically and developmentally. All over the world culture, morals, and views all differentiate they way people punish their child. What is acceptable in America might not be acceptable in Japan and how Japanese parents penalize their children may not be what Americans agree with. Unless there is a universal agreement on how to punish a child, it will continue to be one of the most controversial topics in the parenting world. When disciplining a child, parents often seek the best way to get control over their disobedience as soon as they can. A very familiar form of discipline is spanking. If a child is misbehaving, a swat on the bottom may be the first option a parent may go to. What spanking does, ultimately may not give the parent the satisfaction he or she wanted. After spanking children, they will stop what they are doing at the time and will immediately obey their authority. However, a short time later the children will forget about their misbehavior, but the feeling of the abuse will still remain in their recollection. Psychological control is another way parents can punish their child. This method “uses guilt and the child’s gratitude toward the parent”(307). When this is being portrayed, parents may use signs of disappointment and sadness to control the child’s behavior, causing them feel guilt-ridden and upset for what they did. Unfortunately, almost any form of punishment will have a consequence that was not premeditated. A child’s psychological outcome is widely based on his or her childhood, including how they were disciplined. When spanking a child, parents are exposing the child to the idea that

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