Corporal Punishment in American Homes

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1385 words
1385 words

In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, a twenty-six year old mother has been in jail for more than a month for giving her eight-year-old son a black eye. The incident happened on December 4th of 2009, and according to the young boy, Mrs. Jennifer Huber was planning on spanking him and his siblings because someone broke the toilet seat.

During the trial, “Huber admitted to Ross that she did strike the children to discipline them for breaking the toilet seat.” All Mrs. Huber wanted to do was teach the boys a lesson.hat started out as a mother attempting to correct her children, turned into a spanking gone wrong. A spanking for the Huber boys was not going to teach them to never break anything else, but rather address what they broke in the moment.

Mrs. Huber, like other parents deals with the hard decision of disciplining their child. There are a range of positive disciplinary techniques offered, but more and more parents use spanking. Parents use the excuse that they were spanked and turned out fine or find that it brings some role of authority into the home.The use of physical punishment in American homes led to the increase of aggression, long-term health issues, and eroded family relationships in children.This is the result of parents using an ineffective form of discipline known as corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is an easy way out for parents that do not necessarily want to teach their children the difference between right and wrong.

Corporal punishment does not necessarily get to the core of the problem. Although corporal punishment may work as an immediate form of discipline, it can affect a child’s long-term behavior. Discipline is used to mold a child and to teach kids how to behave, which will eventuall...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a twenty-six-year-old woman in upper darby, pennsylvania, has been jailed for giving her son black eyes. the incident happened on december 4th of 2009, and according to the young boy, mrs.
  • Analyzes how a spanking for the huber boys was not going to teach them to never break anything else, but rather address what they broke in the moment.
  • Explains that mrs. huber, like other parents, deals with the hard decision of disciplining their child. the use of physical punishment in american homes led to aggression, long-term health issues, and eroded family relationships.
  • Explains that corporal punishment can affect a child's long-term behavior. discipline is used to mold and teach kids how to behave, which will eventually prepare them for society.
  • Explains that many parents spank their misbehaving child and expose their child to random acts of violence.
  • Explains that a research conducted in tanzania, africa interviewed over 400 kids between grades 2 and 7 about physical punishment. nine percent of children had higher-than-normal levels of hyperactivity.
  • Explains that studies have linked physical punishment to aggression and criminal behavior, and that corporal punishment contributed to delinquent behaviors such as theft and murder.
  • Explains that children who are punished through hitting learn from their parents that important things can be communicated through corporal punishment, which leads them to think it is okay to be violent.
  • Opines that if parents show kindness, children will have a reason to behave well on their own. parents need to display positive actions so the child knows to follow in those footsteps.
  • Explains that corporal punishment can lead to a violent child who may struggle with mental health issues later on in life.
  • Explains that depression occurs in many children when anger is repressed. the inflicted pain caused by corporal punishment is too much for a child to handle.
  • Explains that physical punishment can be a frightening and traumatic experience for many children. parents spank their children when they see them doing something bad.
  • Explains that children are hit without proper explanation of why they deserve the punishment; they develop poor self-esteem and this can make it difficult for them to adjust socially in school.
  • Explains that spanked children may feel disconnected from society and have a hard time adjusting. many children will try therapy to fix or at least deal with the problems that may have occurred many years ago.
  • Explains that there are alternative forms of discipline for which a parent may use and see positive results. a majority of children disagree with the use of corporal punishment.
  • Explains that healthy parent-child relationships consist of affection, communication, and quality time. children's relationships with their parents may be damaged by corporal punishment.
  • Opines that a relationship grows more and more as parents spend time with their child, especially in the younger years, where most of the discipline takes place.
  • Opines that spanking a child will result in the child losing trust and respect for their parent.
  • Opines that when the home becomes an unhealthy environment to live in, the child will eventually go off and live with friends, complete strangers or end up in the streets. most kids will run away because the relationship they hold with their parent is just unbearable.
  • Opines that children who will become adults have trust issues and will most likely not want to get to close to another person.
  • Explains that corporal punishment has a huge impact on children's lives, from their emotions to their psychological well-being, and relationships.
  • Cites gates, sara. "spanking children & mental health: punishment linked to disorders later in life." huffington post.
  • Explains ng, desmond, "don't slap that kid." healthxchange. n.p., n.d.
  • Cites waters, rob, "healthday." corporal punishment and trauma. n.p., n.d.
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