Is Spanking Harmful? Here’s What You Need to Know

A few generations ago, if you acted out in class, you could have been met with a paddle or yardstick to the bottom—and possibly gone home with bruises. But it wouldn’t have stopped there. It’s likely another painful spanking would have awaited you at home.  Thankfully, today’s standards are more child-friendly. Many parents are abandoning certain, if not all, forms of spanking. And school corporal punishment—though not yet banned in all 50 US states—is mostly frowned upon. Still, many teachers, parents, and caregivers remain certain that spanking is a reliable behavioral remedy for unruly kids. If spanking falls under the umbrella of corporal punishment, and corporal punishment is still legal in some schools, it might be logical to think that a certain degree of spanking—especially in the privacy of our own homes—is harmless. After all, the spectrum of corporal punishment is wide. A light spanking or flick of the hand can cause far less damage than an angry strike with a stick—and the short and long-term side effects of a simple swat could be minor, some might think. Spanking remains controversial because it’s a difficult subject to study. Researchers don’t have an exact way to differentiate between a family’s use … Continue reading Is Spanking Harmful? Here’s What You Need to Know