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Negative Impact of Physically Penalizing Your Children

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Physical punishment is not an essential form of discipline.  Numerous people in our society, and in other societies, have grown-up to be upright, tone-chastened individualities without ever being physically hurt.  Nor, is there any substantiation to suggest that physical discipline in nonage improves moral conduct.

Parents who use physical discipline may be tutoring their child to resolve conflicts with physical aggression. Researchers found that spanking can elevate a child’s aggression and anxiety rungs. Also, it will develop more distant parent-child relationship. Other studies have proved that physical discipline can escalate into abuse. Parents should understand the fact that children who are knocked constantly or oppressively are at an advance threat for mental health problems. Children who are penalized physically tend to be aggressive, both as a child and as a grown-up. It is a huge misconception that parents suppose chastising their children can put an immediate stop to bad behaviour.

Corporal Punishment – What is it?

Corporal punishment encompasses all types of physical punishment that includes slapping, pulling, spanking, twisting, pinching and hitting with an object. It also may include forcing a child to consume unpleasant substances such as chillies or hot sauce.

While there is no statutory definition of corporal punishment targeting children in the Indian law, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 prohibits physical punishment and mental harassment under Section 17(1) and makes it a punishable offence under Section 17(2).

There are still approaches of discipline that psychologist find applicable:

1 – Isolate the child from the situation for some time and let him or her cool down and ponder about it. Later you can discuss the situation and explain why it was inappropriate.

2 – Don’t let them watch a cartoon for one day or eat delicacy.

Children are innocent and should be treated with care. Embrace some of the healthy discipline approaches such as a praising good behaviour and being a role model for encouraging it. Also, set limits and prospects for children and deflect your child down from the bad behaviour. 

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