This leads to other issues, including lying and cheating to avoid a spanking, which in some cases result in a spanking as well.
Instead of regulating the behavior, it just trades one form of bad behavior for another.
With the parent ultimately responsible for the child, it's hard to know what is right or wrong when your 3 year-old is beating his head against the floor in a full-blown temper tantrum.
25 years ago, parents would have picked the child up, spanked it, and taken care of the tantrum effectively.
The experts have basically made a huge issue out of something very simple.
If spanking is as harmful as they say it is, then every human being over the age of 30 is a mental case.It is and has always been the parent's job to raise and nurture the child, to teach it right from wrong, and to protect it from the harshness of the surrounding environment.However, when the child strays or behaves in a destructive manner, what steps should a parent take to correct such behavior?First of all, the experts claim that spanking doesn't teach a child self-direction.The child learns to do what the parent says or else face the consequences.The research showed that over that 4 year span, the behavior of the children whose mothers didn't spank them was better.Mothers who spanked their children once or twice a week had a higher instance of misbehavior in their children.Today, parents are more apt to try anything other that a swat on the behind.Reason, however, doesn't impress a 3 year-old so the behavior is often ignored because passive parents don't want to risk mentally scaring their child.In addition, anti-social behavior, which Straus defined as lying, cheating, bullying or being cruel to others, was 14 percent higher in the frequently spanked group from 1986 to 1988.6 In short, spanking is said to be the easy way out, taking care of the problem for the time being, but having adverse effects down later in life.People who are against spanking have come up with a variety of alternative methods of teaching children right from wrong.