Spanking: Abuse or Discipline?

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Bessie Mitchell English 101 March 05, 2012 Spanking: Abuse or Discipline? Is spanking child abuse? Absolutely not! If done correctly, it is one form of discipline. I will concede there are children that are abused, but these are children that are beaten, not spanked. Webster’s definition for spank is to strike especially on the buttocks with the open hand. Parents are responsible for teaching their children that there are rules within society that we all have to live by. In order to be an asset and not a liability to our families and community, we must learn to obey rules and respect the rights of others. Spanking is an effective method that parents, caregivers, and teachers use to instill discipline. Discipline begins at home. Parents teach children through different methods that bad behavior will not be tolerated. To not discipline a child is in itself abusive. When that child goes out into society without being taught to obey laws and rules and know the benefits and consequences of them, frequently the results are not good. Clearly the bible teaches us in “Proverbs 29:15 the rod and reproof give wisdom: but a Child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame.”(King James Bible, Proverbs 29.15). My siblings and I were spanked, along with other form of discipline, by our parents. In contradiction to some belief about spanking, none of us have committed a violent crime. We knew stealing, lying, and disrespecting adults was not going to be tolerated. It is important that children know there are boundaries. Furthermore, every parent should have the right to how they choose to discipline their children. Children are different therefore the discipline, whether it is spanking, timeout, or grounding, needs to be what works best for each child. The responsibility of finding which one works best is the parents’ responsibility not the government. Clearly any

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