()Yes of have shown that spanking is ineffective and potentiy hmful. These fs have led the to recommend, in a statement published Monday in the Pediatrics, that pents not spank, hit or slap their . This statement from ’s ing group of pediatricians, with 67,000 members, is an update to guidance they issued in 1988 that recommended pents “be encourd and assisted in developing methods than spanking” to discipline .

This statement is especiy significant because it reflects decades of critical on the effects of corporal ishment and because pents and educators put enormous trust in pediatricians for discipline advice — almost as much as they trust their own pents and spouses. So when pediatricians say not to spank, is a very good that pents en. That is a good thing, because we need to stop hitting our in the name of discipline. And yes — spanking is just a euphemism for “hitting .” We do not ow adults to hit each , but for some n society has decided it should be legal and even desirable for adults to hit . We need to end this double standd and provide with the same protection from hitting that is given to adults.
The good s is that incremental change in norms is slowly hening. Hospitals across the country e implementing “no hit zones,” a that I have studied and advocated for, that do not ow hitting of any kind, including pents spanking . ers in Stoughton, Wisconsin, and Madison Heights, Michigan, have made their whole into “no hit zones.” Just like no smoking zones, no hit zones e enforced through pressure to change , not jl . Initiatives such as no-hit zones, especiy if p with campgns about effective discipline, e good steps to change the national conversation about spanking.
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    e prical s to stop spanking. The mn one is that it does not . Some pents say, “But it does for my .” A cry and stop what she is doing in the , but numerous studies involving hunds of thonds of show that spanking does not make better behaved in the run, and in f makes their worse. It is hd for pents to see this in their day-to-day interions, but the is cle: We consistently find that the more a is spanked, the more aggressive he or she be in the future.
    Spanking also teaches that it is acceptable to use physical force to get what want. It is thus no surprise that the more e spanked, the more likely they e to be aggressive or to eng in delinquent s like ing.
    Millions of pents have rsed well-adjusted without spanking. thrive on attention from adults. Nothing is perfect, but telling clely what epect from them and then prsing them when they do it is the best roach to discipline.
      In order to see uctions in spanking across our society, we need changes in the norm that hitting is acceptable. We already hitting adults as not acceptable, so we just need to epand that norm a bit to . Changing norms be chenging in regions of the country, like the South, or in some communities, like Christian denominations, which have strongly held s about the necessity of hitting to discipline them. These norms can be changed, but it likely take and many about our collective goals for our .

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      The ity of us who were spanked by our pents think we “turned out OK.” Perhaps we did. But be we were lucky that our pents did , like talking with us about what s they wanted to see us do in the future, that ed us develop self-control and make good choices. Given the dozens of research studies demonstrating that spanking increases the risk of hm to , it seems that we “turned out OK” in spite of spanking, not because of it. We can be the generation of pents who break the cycle of spanking and do better by the generations of . us teach them how to behave without spanking or hitting.

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