Child Abuse - Physical Force Not Justifiable

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Physical Force a Justifiable Method for Punishing Children? 
When it comes to disciplining their children, each parent has their own method. Most parents want to discipline their children without the use of physical punishment. Parents must be aware of the ‘damage’ it may cause their children, and use fair and logical consequences whenever children fail to follow the rules.

According to The National Association of Social Workers, or NASW, effective discipline does not involve physical punishment. The NASW opposes the use of physical punishment in homes, schools, and all other institutions where children are cared for and educated. Physical punishment is looked down upon mainly due to the effects that it has on children, both physically and mentally. Each year thousands of children continue to die as a result of physical abuse.

Many children in homes where physical violence occurs have difficulties in school, including problems with concentration, poor academic performance, difficulty with social interactions, and more absences from school. Due to these effects, this tell us that physical punishment should be discouraged.

In 29 countries around the world it is illegal for a parent, teacher, or anyone else to spank a child. The other 113 countries prohibit corporal punishment in schools. Yet in all of North America, physical punishment by a parent, as long as it is not severe, is still seen as necessary discipline method. In my opinion, physical punishments are not necessary and should not be used on children of any age group.

Though a great number of people believe that it is totally up to the parents, I believe that there should be some type of rule or regulation regarding the punishment of a child. The government should enforce whether or not a parent is allowed to beat his or her child.

To this day, a great number of children are being physically abused in their homes. This has not yet been recognized as a major issue. Physical abuse toward children effects them both mentally and emotionally as well. Which is why i disagree with this method of discipline. I believe parents should take another, less violent, approach when it comes to disciplining a child. Therefore, our children wont grow up to be abusers themselves and will also function better in society.

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Sep 26, 2010
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by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I couldn't agree more, with one exception: most parents DO believe that punishing a child using physical means IS appropriate and warranted. When you say they "don't want to", I don't buy it. If most parents really and truly "didn't want to", they simply wouldn't. They would find a better way. Sadly, most don't find a better way. Instead, they resort to what they either know, having been disciplined that way themselves, or they allow themselves to strike a child. It's a choice, and it's one that the vast majority of parents still make to this day. What's different today is that those of us who don't believe in physical discipline are speaking out louder and louder. Our voices are finally being heard. The message is getting out there, slowly, but surely. More parents are changing their thinking, but we have a long way to go. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue with my visitors and me.

And just for the record, I was taken aback by what you wrote in the "by" field, especially after reading your thoughtful article. It left me wondering how you could be so disrespectful when you were advocating respect for children. If you didn't want your name included, you could have chosen to leave it blank, or Anonymous would have been a perfectly acceptable entry. You showed me and my visitors a great deal of disrespect when you wrote what you actually did. This is a field I cannot change due to the parameters of the module available to me for visitor contributions. I ask that you show some respect in future submissions.

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Sep 27, 2010
Parent's are at their wit's end:
by: maurice

I believe the vicious circle continues of diciplining by smacking, spanking, beating childred still goes on in many homes here in my own country and through out the UK Europe and certainly in many states in the US: Why?? because sadly these parents know no better: What happeend them was OK it did me no lasting damage is the answer I get when I challenge them: But I say surely you can see how it could effects your children now with all the reality of child abuse being debated around you from those years: I rear my child the way I want is their Answer: I mention the effects it had on me for a good part of my life and even still the effects still haunt me: I believe those of us who were abused by being spanked or beaten on the bare bottom can make a genuine effort to speak our minds and have the courage of our convctions that spanking or phyically beating a child is not justifable: The family still being the Basic Unit of our society even though fragmented now in many forms I still believe that the majority of Parenet love and cherish there children by using other forms of correction or helping them when there child does something naughty: I envy some parent's though having journeyed and worked with Families for over forty years: Some are at their wits end to know what to do when their child really defies every effort they make to see what is rioght: For my own peace of mind I percent each case I hear and then percent it against the great population in that area: It is still the smallest PC; I believe honestly 80pc of family life is good wholesome and loving in a caring and cherishing way: There are still Happy Families in our society today:

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