Family & Social Child Developement
5 Reasons Not to Spank Your Kids
To spank or not to spank? Physical punishment affects children's development in various ways, and the negative effects on their mental health can follow them into adulthood. This includes not just spanking, but also pushing, shoving, slapping, or hitting by elders.
“The message sent to children through corporal punishment is one of aggression. It includes repeatedly telling a child that he is worthless, useless, unloved or unwanted, and threatening to use physical or psychological violence on him. This message of aggression, more than the actual physical punishment, has an important effect on a child’s psychological health later in life," according to Ms Lynn Soh, Senior Principal Psychologist at the Psychosocial Trauma Support Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group.
Watch this video to find out more reasons why you should avoid using corporal punishment when disciplining your kids.
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