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Freeze 1 Sarah Freeze Jins: The Parenting Process Are You Really Spoiling the Child? The child screaming in Wal-Mart kicking and pounding his fists upon the floor, the little girl in the Pasta House crying and throwing her spaghetti, and that little toddler in the checkout line throwing things from the cart screaming that he wants the coloring book just outside of his reach; all of these behaviors would be considered undesirable and thus in need of discipline or punishment. Discipline is a method of correction that involves a teaching and can be positive or negative while punishment is always negative. The reaction to these behaviors depends upon the parent and their ideas of how children should be disciplined for bad behavior. There are those who choose to ignore the behavior, praying that it will end, those that will use methods like explaining the wrong doing and using time out, and those who choose to spank. However, despite its religious roots, spanking is psychologically damaging and therefore should not be used as a form of discipline or punishment. The tradition of spanking began in Christianity due to bible passages that convey the message that spanking is the correct discipline for children. Stories of this punishment, and other corporal punishments, are seen with Moses, Abraham, and in the Proverbs. Several Proverbs promote the use of spanking: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child but the rod corrections shall drive it from him” i “Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beastest him with the rod, he shall not die” ii and “Thou shalt beat him with the rod and shalt deliver his soul from hell” iii are just three Proverbs advocating the idea of spanking a child for his own good. This idea of spanking being
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Freeze 2 good for the child, however, can be disproven with psychological findings on the effects of spanking on children. Children who are spanked develop not only issues with resentment and anger towards the parents but can also become psychologically disturbed by this form of punishment including becoming violent, depressed, paranoid, detached, and eventually can begin to lack apathy and compassion. These facts, however, still do not stop many parents from spanking their children because the bible tells them so. Proverbs is the book of the bible most often used to make the case for spanking of children. Religious Tolerance, a Christian group who questions the biblical implication of spanking states that: By arguing from specific passages in Proverbs and Hebrews, one can made a solid case that the use of corporal punishment is not only desirable but mandatory for believing Judeo-Christian parents. One method of resolving the apparent conflict between the Golden Rule theme and the instructions to use corporal punishment is to interpret the theme as the generally applicable rule which is mainly intended for other adults. Children are a special case; they require specific
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