Disciplining Children- Positive Reinforcement Essay

1438 WordsOct 11, 20126 Pages
The Universal problem is that parents and teachers are becoming more and more irritated in their efforts to raise responsible children. A lot of parents i converse with believe that children are becoming stubborn, impetuous, troublesome, and disobedient towards adults and society in general and they are struggling with what methods they should use to discipline their children. I come from a society where everyone seems to have been spanked while growing up, in fact almost every society in the word has a version of the old proverb; “Spare the rod and spoil the child” these cultures accept beating the misbehaving child as means of correcting the child but many child development experts are convinced that even moderate amounts of corporal punishment can be harmful to a child and consequently should be avoided at all costs. We can all agree in order to ensure that children are successful in life they need to be well disciplined but also socially and morally developed human beings. It is the parent’s duty to keep their children well disciplined along with giving them the opportunity to develop socially and morally. But how is it possible to approach this task correctly? Using proven methods of discipline through positive reinforcement, and observational learning one can effectively discipline their children without risking damage to the child’s social and moral development. Research has suggested that parenting strategies might be culturally specific in their relation to child behavior. Spanking is most often used as a form of discipline and it is legal in almost every state. Although it is said to have some benefits, the negative consequences far outweigh the good. According to Dr. Wilson and Dr. Lyon, “physical punishment delivered in anger with the intent to cause pain is unacceptable and dangerous to the health and well being of the child.”( Guidance for Effective

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