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Smack Your Kids if You Want This to Happen
You’ve smacked your kid at least once or twice right? We know a lot of parents have – unfortunately it’s how we were brought up and we don’t always know any different. Your parents used to say “I’ll teach you a lesson” and you grew up thinking that smacking was just a really effective way to get kids to behave.
Your parents were right… in some ways. “Smacking” is likely to stop a child’s behaviour immediately. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to stop a behaviour from occurring long-term.
In fact, there are more negative outcomes associated with smacking than anything else, including:
Research has also found that parents who start off by smacking their kids when they are young are more likely to increase their use of smacking as the children get older, and are more likely to use objects to hit their kids as they get older.
Want to avoid smacking but aren’t sure what other strategies to use? Check out our “Alternative strategies to punishment”!
If you’re interested in learning more, check out these articles:
Lansford et al. (2005). Physical Discipline and Children’s Adjustment: Cultural Normativeness as a Moderator. Child Development. 76(6)
Lansford et al. (2009). Trajectories of Physical Discipline: Early Childhood Antecedents and Developmental Outcomes. Child Development. 80(5)
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