8 Reasons Not To Spank Your Kids

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Research suggests that spanking is ineffective

“You cannot punish out these behaviors that you do not want,”  Yale University psychology professor and director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, Dr. Alan Katz tells the APA. “There is no need for corporal punishment based on the research. We are not giving up an effective technique. We are saying this is a horrible thing that does not work.”

It’s easy to blur the lines

Spanking as a means of discipline can become dangerous when emotions are running high and stress is looming. In instances where parents wait until they’re angry or completely frustrated to spank their children, there is always the chance that the discipline can cross over into abusive territory as parents sometimes temporarily become unaware of their own strength.

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