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Spanking: A Parent and A Child's Worst Nightmare

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As a child, I remember my father threatening to spank me. I left my Barbie dolls out and he stood on one. He told me that I would never forget again, so I screamed at the top of my lungs. A neighbor telephoned the police; all because of the fear of a spanking. Parents should avoid spanking their children because of the physiological and psychological pain that a child endures from this form of punishment.

To commence, parents should avoid spanking their children because of the physiological consequences. Sufficient evidence exists in proving that spanking slows the cognitive development of children (Straus, 2011). Spanked children tend to do far worse on achievement tests than those whose parents used other forms of punishment (Straus, 2011). Because of the retardation in the cognitive development, spanked children must spend their entire lives catching up to their counterparts who did not receive such harsh punishment and cannot enjoy a quality childhood. Hitting children can cause back problems (Hunt, 2011). Shock waves travel up the spine and cause nerve damage (Hunt, 2011). If a parent disciplined his/her child out of love, it would not be with an expensive medical bill later on in life.

Parents who spank their children argue that spanking gets their children to stop the incorrect behavior quickly. In truth, spanking only a temporarily solves the issue because the children do not know why the action was incorrect, so they will repeat it (Pitzer, 2011). Children also learn a new lesson; smack someone when he/she cannot have his/her own way which proves that spanking is unorganized discipline (Pitzer, 2011).

Next, parents should avoid spanking their children because it lowers their self-esteem. Children believe that the...

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