Corporal Punishment and Parents

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The most important argument in favour of corporal punishment, which is the excuse of most of the parents when they are asked to stop the physical punishment, is that it teaches discipline to the children. The conventional parents give the name of discipline to the use of physical force to enforce their orders on their offspring’s. But actually discipline is of two types as defined in a journal named “The State of Research on the Effects of Physical Punishment” that “power-assertive” and “inductive” discipline. Power-assertive disciplinary methods involve following a child’s inappropriate behaviour with a negative consequence (smacking, threats, and withdrawal of privileges) without explanation or justification. Inductive methods involve setting limits, setting up logical consequences, reasoning and explanation.” (Smith, “The State of Research on the Effects of Physical Punishment”) These definitions of two types of discipline illustrates that there are other ways of teaching discipline instead of using corporal punishment. But most of the parents are unaware of it and have a mindset that the only way to make the children disciplined and make them a mannered person is to punish them physically on doing any mistake. But that is not the case, Power-assertive discipline have a lot of negative effects which are discussed. In fact such use of power do not make the children disciplined in true sense but make them wild and as violence leads to violence so they do the same to compel others to obey them. They think that it is the only way to force others to obey you and think it to be legal to hit, slap or beat someone who does not follows their instruction. So there is no excuse of using force to implement what you want and even by causing...

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