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“Research shows that there is an increased risk of mental health disorders, including personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and drug and alcohol use when harsh physical punishment is used to discipline children,” says Vaughan Gilmore, LMSW, LCDC, a social worker with Menninger’s Adolescent Treatment Program.
While spanking doesn’t always fall on the harsh side of the physical punishment spectrum, “there are so many better alternatives that the risks outweigh the benefits.” Damaging the parent-child relationship.
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A generation or so ago, using harsh physical punishment to discipline children was commonplace in homes and schools.
“Try not to get too emotionally distressed yourself.
If you have another parent or source of support around, ask for help.
My bf is younger than me, but only by a couple of years and he was genuinely shocked by this and said he'd never heard anything like it.
I think I was equally shocked at his reaction as I had never considered this wasn't a pretty common way of disciplining kids.