One time, she fell asleep while riding in the car. Millie testified that Laila would also get spankings with a hand or a belt. When Laila died on Nov.
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that mothers who spank their 3 year old children are placing them at risk for becoming aggressive themselves by age 5. Three-year-old children who were spanked two or more times in the previous month had a 50 percent increased chance of being aggressive when they turned 5, according to the study. Study researcher Catherine Taylor, Ph.
It is one of the most controversial methods of child discipline, but spanking in school -- usually with a wooden or fiberglass paddle -- is still allowed by law in 19 states. The practice is most prevalent in the Midwest and South. According to a report from the Juvenile Information Exchange, more than 28, students in Georgia were spanked inmostly in rural counties.
A gentle mama overseas gave me permission to share parts of our email exchange that spanned several months and ended with a deeply touching letter from her son:. Hi, I spanked my three elder sons when they were younger. I am a very gentle person so it was never in anger I struggled to do it but read how I had to gain control.
In the s, in my first month in practice as a pediatrician, I asked the mother of a 4-year-old about discipline and she told me that her son was often out of line and wild, and spanking was the only thing that worked, though she was sure I was going to tell her not to, just as her previous pediatrician had done. Around the same time, my colleague in the same clinic walked into an exam room to find a cranky toddler who was acting out, and a frustrated father who was taking off his belt and threatening punishment. The United States is not one of those countries, and pediatricians regularly find ourselves talking with parents about why hitting children is a bad idea.
But nearly 40 moms have gone a step further, recording themselves hitting and slapping their kids as part of a new study on how parents and children interact. Researchers have to be careful when presenting their proposed area of study to potential participants — too much information can lead people to alter their normal behavior, which would skew results. So when George Holden, a professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University who has published five books on parenting and child development, went to day-care centers in Dallas to recruit parents, he divulged only that he wanted to collect data about naturally occurring parent-child interaction.
What explains this turnaround? Perhaps America lost interest because most Americans hit their kids, and most think that that is the way it should be. Why do adults hit children?
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Verified by Psychology Today. Good Thinking. National Football League star Adrian Peterson was indicted recently for child abuse after disciplining his 4-year-old son by hitting him with a switch.
Watch your butts, kids — a state appeals court says it's OK for parents to spank them. In a ruling Wednesday, the state Appellate Division found that a Long Island father's spanking of an 8-year-old boy "was a reasonable use of force. A Suffolk County Family Court judge had determined last year that the father of the boy had abused his son "by inflicting excessive corporal punishment.