Physical Force as a Punishment for Children
For decades, parents have used physical force as a way to correct and reprimand children. Most parents argue that they turned out fine despite being punished by their parents, hence feel no need to treat their children differently. The fact is that while some might have turned out alright there might be others who have not. It could also have a lot to do with the amount of physical force applied and the frequency of its use.
A lot of children develop a kind of resistance to beating, while some of them even grow to detest their parents for it. The problem is that most adults use it as the first resort to discipline a child. There are many rational ways to correct and discipline a child. Time-out, taking away a favorite toy, or making the kid do chores are better ways of disciplining a child without physical force.
When a child has been subjected to physical punishment there are several ways he might react. He might retreat into his shell and not talk or get more aggressive and might even begin to view hitting as the right way to react when one is angry and might as a result resort to hitting others at school. Children are like clay, waiting to be moulded and it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure they get moulded in the right way.