Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spanking leads to learning troubles in Early Childhood children

Parents are their child's first teacher

This has been a topic discussed for years and I saw it fitting to put in my blog since it has to do with Early Childhood Education.

As stated in the article, “So many parents have a hard time accepting that spanking is truly bad for kids, probably because they were spanked as children and they turned out OK. The decision to spank is tied to most parents’ own rearing experience, said Michael MacKenzie, an associate professor from Columbia University.”

Years ago, I read an article that said; a parent should never spank their child when they are upset. I looked at it this way, when is a parent not upset when their child has done something that they didn't approve of or told them not to do?

 “Studies show that children who are spanked in Early Childhood are not only more likely to be aggressive as older children; they are more likely to do worse on vocabulary tests than their peers who had not been spanked.”

Spanking a child might make them little angrier than a child that has not been spanked, imagine being hit by someone twice your size.

As a parent, if you spank a child only and you never sit down and talk to them about what they did wrong, why it was wrong and a better way to have handled the situation. You are not allowing your child to learn effective communication skills, problem solving or a way to build their vocabulary.

“While several studies have found a connection between spanking and aggressive behavior, the finding that spanking could be linked to cognitive ability is somewhat new.

You are your child’s first teacher, so the foundation of their learning starts with you.


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