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Is hitting your child a good way to discipline them?

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Corporal punishment, such as spanking, isn't recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics or mental health associations. Mainly because other nonphysical discipline techniques work better with fewer negative results. According to the AAP, spanking may:

  • Make children more aggressive
  • Become more violent and harm a child
  • Cause children to think that it's OK to physically hurt someone you love

From: Parents, Kids, and Discipline WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

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