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New Study Finds Spanking Is Good for Kids
Spanking is like milk: It does a body good — or at least a mind. No, this isn’t the conclusion of traditionalist parenting expert Dr. James Dobson but the finding of a study conducted by psychology professor Marjorie Gunnoe at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. FoxNews.com reports on the story, writing, “According to the research, children spanked up to the age of 6 were likely as teenagers to perform better at school and were more likely to carry out volunteer work and to want to go to college than their peers who had never been physically disciplined.”
This may come as a relief to parents who don’t wish to spare the rod, but have been accosted with numerous studies stating just the opposite. But how do we reconcile these contradictory findings? Well, perhaps the answer is that the previous scientific studies weren’t very scientific. Fox points out that, in the past, such research was lacking because it was difficult in more traditional times to find subjects who had never been spanked. In contrast, Professor Gunnoe included 2600 such individuals in her study.
We should bear this in mind when hearing claims used to justify anti-spanking laws, such as the prohibitions they have in Sweden and certain localities in the United States. Professor Gunnoe says that such claims are untenable and just don’t accord with the data.
Yet there is a larger truth about these contradictory studies: in reality, you can find research to justify any position you might take. This is why we must never, in the name of “science,” dispense with what G.K. Chesterton called “that forgotten branch of psychology”: common sense.
Originally posted by Gigantea Rosa
reply to post by FortAnthem
I don't know maybe it's the innocent faces that usually throw some parents off from wanting to hit the children, as it seems these days children are running the shots these days.
Originally posted by eldard
reply to post by FortAnthem
So, the politically correct American is wrong again?
Originally posted by paranoiaFTW
Spanking is terrible. When I was a kid and got hit my logic was if I just get a spanking, who the f___ cares? I can do what I want and get a short spanking. Spanking doesn't teach kids not to do things or set any good examples, it just makes kids spoiled and uncontrollable.
Time Out For extreme bad behaviour, as a last resort you can use a technique called Time Out, where you put your child in a room and ignore them. First ask your child to stop misbehaving. If that doesn’t work ask again, but more firmly.This gives the child two chances to change his or her behaviour, and if they do, you praise them. If they refuse to stop the behaviour, or if the tantrum escalates, you go for Time Out. Take your child firmly but with no attention to a safe place where you can leave them for a one minute for each year of their life (ie three minutes for a three-year-old) up to a maximum of five minutes.You could try putting them on a stair or a chair, but if your child won’t sit still where you've put them you may need to put them in a room and shut the door. This is an extreme form of ignoring.You should not talk to your child through the door or give them any other form of attention during the Time Out period. This technique will allow everyone to calm down and prevent smacking occurring. It also very powerfully tells your child that their behaviour is completely unacceptable. Once the Time Out period is over explain to your child why they were Timed Out and then move on and praise them at the first opportunity.