A for a genuine change in behaviors,

A boy, who did not received his christmas presents because he had been being naughty last year, toppled the christmas tree and yelled impudently at his parents. This video went viral and attracted attention of a lot of parents. A majority of them conceded that if the boy were their son, he would deserve a hard spanking for being so disrespectful. Others also claim that American parents today are so “easy-going” with their children and there should be a stricter method in educating those wild behaviors. However, as the children’s rights are being prioritized and emphasized in many international conference, corporal punishment for disciplining purpose can be considered as child abuse because it directly exerts physical pain and sometimes mental trauma on the kid. A controversial question, therefore, is raised that should corporal punishment such as spanking be allowed to discipline a child when he or she did a mistake?To understand the consequence of spanking comprehensively, we should take a glimpse of its purpose. The purpose of spanking is to show kids that parents heartily concern about their children’s well-being and hope for a genuine change in behaviors, and absolutely not a way for parents to express their aggression or frustration. According to the studies of Diana Baumrind, a highly respected psychologist from the University of California, occasional spanking on the bottom of the child (one or two swats) between the ages from two to six as a purpose of discipline yields a better result in the long term than families repudiate spanking entirely. This is a shocking result for people who think that spanking affect children negatively and show the inhumanity and cruelty in educating. However, a doubtful question is proposed: in which way does spanking, one kind of direct effect to create physical pain, reflects such a surprising benefit like that? Accordingly, the best explanation is that spanking can generate a profound impression on the mind of the kids to help increase desirable behaviors. James Dobson, a psychologist and founder of Focus on the Family, writes in The New Dare to Discipline that  “the minor pain that is associated with this deliberate misbehavior tends to inhibit it. … A boy or girl who knows love abounds at home will not resent a well-deserved spanking.”