Guest post by Rebecca at http://dvrdame.blogspot.com/
May I add a disclaimer so that nobody gets sued. I'm not an accredited child psychologist and I don't have any special degrees. I'm a mom who is informed and I like to give my opinion on the subject.
Spanking is most effective when the child's age ranges from two to six. Can you imagine spanking your kid when they're eighteen? Come on I know you have more sense than that. On a short term basis spanking can stop negative behavior. I think if you were smacked on the bottom that would grab your attention. Also, when you spank please explain why you spanked your child and negative behavior is not acceptable. Basically, you don't want to do a drive by spanking because that's confusing to the child.
Some long term effects of spanking can be aggressiveness, anti-socialism, and poor quality of parent child/relationship. Red flag! There can be some very serious consequences when spanking isn't implemented properly. It's very important that you don't take spanking to a level of abuse. Abuse of children is not acceptable and it's against the law. And we should never spank our kids out of anger.
Ultimately spanking should never be taken lightly. A choice needs to be made by each parent and there are plenty of resources that can further assist you in your decision. Here are a few links if you want to further investigate: http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/256 and http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/28/would-you-record-yourself-spanking-your-kids/
Thanks for reading! And thank you Pamela Maynard for letting be a guest on your blog. I'm very excited to do my first guest post! I'm jumping up and down right like a deranged idiot. You can find me at http://dvrdame.blogspot.com/
Thank you very much for writing this informative post. A lot of parents will find this most helpful.
We know not all families are perfect all the time. Discipline is important to keep order in a family.
My son is 8, and is past the effective spanking age. My husband and I did spank him when he was a toddler. It was so effective, we never had to do it too many times.
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