Spanking makes children aggressive later in life
Studies have shown that spanking or slapping children when they misbehave may lead to a greater amount of aggression later in life.
A review of twenty years of research found that children who were spanked, slapped, or yelled at were more likely to mimick these behaviors in their teenage and adult lives.
In the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers Joan Durrant and Ron Ensom, of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, wrote, “virtually without exception, these studies found that physical punishment was associated with higher levels of aggression against parents, siblings, peers and spouses.”
In addition, the studies found that physical punishment could lead to mental health issues or depression later in life.
According to Dailymail.co.uk, in the U.S. (with a few exceptions from state to state) smacking is legal. However, 20 European countries such as Germany, Spain and the Netherlands have banned it completely. Britain allows for a reasonable amount of physical punishment but it must not leave a mark on the skin.
Durrant and Ensom suggest that parents should practice less violent, more informative ways of teaching their children right from wrong.
Instead of slapping, spanking or yelling, try ignoring the child for a minute and then redirecting their attention to a more positive action. Set out some rules. But most importantly, make sure children realize why they were put in place. Explain to them exactly what they have done wrong, so they mentally understand instead of being physically hurt for it.