April 30th Is National Spank Out Day: Does Spanking Even Work?
By @meganbroutian on April 30, 2012
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Let’s face it: punishment may change undesired behavior rapidly.
But spanking children has insidious, far-reaching, and long-lasting negative effects that will not easily be reversed, if at all.
On a personal note: I’m one of those parents who was spanked as a child, and I did not turn out “just fine.” The physical scars faded fast, but the psychological ones took years to heal (and some never did). My immediate instinct, as a parent, was to resort to what I was taught growing up, perpetrating the cycle of violence. That, more than anything else, is why I find the act of spanking unforgivable.
What about you? What’s your experience with spanking?
Crossposted at The Behavioral Child.
* Photo credit: my sister's magnificent genes :)
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