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Published 2022-03-22
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Wales Makes Child Spanking Illegal! Parents From All Over The World Are Protesting!

Without a doubt, one of the debates that get people heated up, no matter which side they’re on, is with regards to child corporal punishment. As times change there is more and more talk about making it illegal with several countries have already made that move several years ago. Most recently Wales had joined their rank and once again the debate surrounding smacking your children has been reignited. What do experts have to say about all this? What are some arguments as to why corporal punishment is good? And which other countries have ruled it illegal? Read on to find out.

Statistics Of Hitting Children

While the number of people supporting spanking children has declined there are still many people who are for such a punishment. The number of those who strongly agree or somewhat agree with the practice has dropped from 54% in 2014 to 47% in 2021, according to the American Family Survey. It had also showed that 35% of people disagree with such a form of punishment while another 18.5% neither agree nor disagree. But which countries have ruled against such methods? Read on to find out.

Slowly Making A Change

Until recent decades, corporal punishment was not seen as a taboo topic even in countries that were seen as being otherwise progressive. It can be even seen in such discipline methods used in schools in the UK wherein-state school canning was legal until 1987 and in private schools until 1997. But things slowly changed. In 1979 Sweden had become the first country in the world to explicitly ban such methods, even by parents. At the time that had sparked a fierce debate, which in a way still carries on today. According to an article by Radio Sweden, back then the move made headlines all over the world, with several reporting that “the Swedes have gone mad” and adding that “the government takes charge of parenting in Sweden”.

Other Countries Making Such A Decision

But despite the headlines and outrage of some people, not long after countries such as Norway, Finland, Austria, and Denmark had joined Sweden in making the change. Then in the 1990s other European countries had outlawed the practice, with Israel in 2000 becoming the first non-European state to ban the spanking of children. In recent years, countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia have joined the growing list of nations banning such methods. And most recently, in March 2022, Wales had joined their ranks. Where the United States is considered, such a practice, to a certain extent, is still legal in all 50 states. According to research, who supports spanking? Read on to find out.

Who Supports The Spanking Of Children?

While it is difficult to get a general consensus of every single person in a given country to voice their opinions, different studies have been conducted to get an idea of people who are for corporal punishment. In 2021, a poll was conducted among 3,000 adults by YouGov for the Desert News and Brigham Young University on what people think about spanking. According to their findings, men are considerably more likely than women to agree that spanking may be needed at 52% to 42%. When it came to age adults aged 18-29, just over a third agreed with such methods while those 45 or older it was more than a half. The publication also noted that as per their survey. black people were more likely to agree a good hard spanking may be needed (52%) than Hispanics (48%) and whites (46%). The agreement that spanking may be needed was much higher among those who attend religious services weekly. And where politics were concerned nearly 68% of conservatives had agreed to a certain extent while nearly 62% of liberals didn’t believe in such methods.

Arguments For Spanking Children

Of course when it comes to both sides, for and against, they all have their arguments as to why they support using corporal punishment. Some people who argued that parents should have the right to spank their children as a form of punishment have argued that this was something that they experienced as kids themselves and they learned to respect their parents because of it, as well as had become “functioning members of society”. Some argued that such discipline methods are appropriate for “certain” children but when used in moderation. Others had also pointed out that such methods of punishment set clear boundaries for children and it motivates them to behave. But are there more reasons as to why such a form of punishment is harmful? Read on to find out.

Arguments Against Spanking Children

When it comes to arguments against using physical force to discipline your children, researchers at The Brookings Institution have found that children who had been spanked frequently and/or severely are at a higher risk for mental health problems. Those range from anxiety and depression to alcohol and drug abuse. Other researchers had also found that children whose parents would hit them regularly tended to develop more distant parent-child relationships later on in life. A 2002 meta-analysis of 27 studies across time periods, countries, and ages found a persistent association that children who are spanked regularly are more likely to be aggressive, both as a child and as an adult. All because that may lead them to believe that violence is a way of getting what they want.

Better Ways To Discipline A Child

Dr. Robert Sege of Tufts Medical Center in Boston had pointed out that studies show that children grow and develop better with positive role modeling and by setting healthy limits. So what can be some better ways to discipline a child? The American Academy of Pediatrics had highlighted some positive ways to teach children to behave. One of them was to teach children right from wrong with calm words and actions. Setting limits and teaching them of consequences, ones that don’t involve physical harm, and ones that parents should be prepared to follow through. Alternatively, finding a time-out space or activity is also an action they recommend. Though what is most important is to hear children out, as not all of them are able to clearly communicate their feelings or needs and some of them might be perceived as “acting-out”.

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