Spanking Is Not Okay

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Spare the Rod, Raise a Child
Corporal punishment has gained much attention from lawmakers and government leaders. Since the late 1970’s, there have been many studies conducted have concluded that there are many negative effects from the outcome of a parent spanking his child. There have been many people who have attempted to get physical punishments outlawed, and in some cities, they have been successful. In other areas, it is up to the parent or guardian of the child to choose how they would like to deliver the punishment. The topic of spanking seems to arouse strong opinions on both sides of the topic. While some parents believe that they must resort to violence, in order to send the message to their child, that the behavior that he is involved in will not be condoned, other parents seek alternative methods of punishment. Spanking a child is just one of many forms of punishment that a parent can implicate on his child. By choosing spanking as the method of punishment, the child is learning to use violence as a way to obtain a certain outcome. Soon-to-be parents should be aware that spanking their child has been shown to lead to aggressive behavior, fear of adults, and anti-social behavior, and because of these risks, the parents should not spank their children.
Spanking has been recorded since the Ancient Greek times. Spankings were administrated to the adults by pagan priests to increase fertility in women. The Catholics adopted this practice, but instead they used the concept to spank the sins out of women (Lefkowitz 23). The practice began to descend until it was an acceptable punishment for children. Many defenders of spanking believe that they have the right to spank their children because of the proverb “Spare the rod, spoil the child,” which is written in the Bible. By law, in most areas, spanking is left for the individual to determine if it is right for…...

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