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I will not baby-sit for a family if they dont discipline their children It is one of the first questions I ask the parents because in my experience if parents do not discipline their children their kids are brats I believe that though seen as one of the stickiest issues in childrearing discipline is also the most important Most parents will agree on this fact but the controversy comes wth the method of choice Spanking when done in love is an effective method of discipline and should not be banned from domestic use Over fifty yeas ago Dr Benjamin Spocka prominent child pediatrician suggested that all forms of corporal punishment traumatize children trigger more aggressive behavior in the future and is entirely ineffective in discipline Costello Since then modern child psychology has been under that assumption I believe this assumption is based on the fact that criminals of physical abuse were often abused as children thus turning all corporal punishment into abuse Following this trend many countries in Europe and Africa have banned corporal punishment in the homes Such countries include Germany Croatia Zambia Italy and Sweden The European Network of Ombudsmen for Children ENOC is an organization that wants to ban all forms of corporal punishment of children in Europe They give the following statement as their standard As spokespeople for the children of Europe we believe that eliminating violent and humiliating forms of discipline is a vital strategy for improving childrens status as people and reducing child abuse and all other forms of violence in European societies This is a long overdue reform with huge potential for improving the quality of lives and family relationships ENOC Many advocates of the no-spanking movement like to site countries like Sweden as showing how the ban on corporal punishment has benefited society However a study conducted over the decade following that law made in 1979 found that overall child abuse rates increased 489 the rate
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