Spanking is a mild form of corporal punishment. The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as many, many child development experts strongly opposes ever striking a child. It's also related to the education level of the parent the more educated, the less likely they are to spank. Many parents occasionally hit their kids when they are frightened the child has done something dangerous , or from sheer stress, frustration, or fear of having no other options.
Spanking: The Case Against It (Ages 1-3)
The Great Spanking Debate | Parents
Is this okay? He is catching on, but I am wondering if this is too young. I think age two is about as early as I would ever like to start with a swat on the child's popo or bumbum. Second, I don't recommend swatting a child on the hands or the backs of the legs. Nor do I believe it is ever right to slap a child in the face.
Disciplining Your Toddler
The short answer is no. When your child misbehaves or acts in defiant, inappropriate, or even dangerous ways, you want to show him his behavior is unacceptable and must change. Spanking may seem like a direct and effective way to do that, but it delivers other messages you don't want to send:.
Are there any parents who haven't felt complete and utter love for their toddler and, at the same time, frustration and anger? Our beloved little ones test our nerves because they're testing boundaries all around them. Every day, little by little, they're mastering new skills, and are anxious and excited to use them. Sometimes it's tough to reel in a toddler, but it can be done. And setting rules and limits now — when your child is learning what behaviors are acceptable — will help prevent bigger problems down the road.