It’s Official: Hitting Children is Bad for Them

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    Understand the reason why hitting is never an acceptable exit

    In different cultures, the ways of raising children vary greatly. There are some in which hitting a child is very common. In others, this action is unimaginable. That said, in Brazil, despite the criminalization of physical aggression in children, it remains a reality. Meet the American study that says hitting children is bad for them.

    Why hitting children is bad

    If you ever thought that hitting your children would help educate them or teach them a lesson, now you can forget about that thought because it is already official: hitting children is bad for them.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for 20 years had not issued a statement on corporal punishment until recently. In its latest report, the organization advised against hitting children at home, while following a rigid line against corporal punishment in schools.

    The reason is that not only the tradition enshrined in time is cruel, but it is also ineffective as a means to change a child’s behavior and can lead to even more extreme behavior, which in turn leads to physical punishment. more severe

    The AAP based its statement on 20 years of research, which concludes that there are no benefits in the behavior of children when they are hit. Other studies have found that pasting actually increases the occurrence of poor behavior, and a small MRI study found that adults who received severe corporal punishment as children were less gray matter responsible for social function and also lower performance of intellectual performance in their brains.

    And without slapping, how are parents going to educate their children? The goal of the discipline is to teach children what to do so that they can become emotionally and socially healthy adults, not to provide parents with an escape valve.

    The AAP suggests some alternatives for disciplining children on their parenting page, HealthyChildren.org, which include rewarding good behavior, using wait times when a child needs to relax, and establishing a clear relationship between bad behavior and the consequences that accompany the bad behavior that the child has. Using the right words to educate is also essential.

    The good news is that the 21st century has brought a sharp decrease in the number of parents who admit to beating their children. According to the AAP press release, “young adults, regardless of race and ethnicity, are much less likely to support the use of corporal punishment than their parents in past generations.”

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