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There are many ways to understand corporal punishment. Many ways to explain and define it. However, there is one that brings together the various concepts: physical punishment is the use of force causing pain, but not injury, with the purpose of correcting undesirable behavior in the child. This definition was disseminated by Save de Children, within the campaign 'Educate, do not hit', used to raise awareness against physical punishment in the family.
We have all experienced physical punishment situations at some time. A spanking, a capon, or a slap, is used by many parents to stop their children's tantrum or disobedience. They are such everyday scenes in our society that many do not find it anything strange, and nothing questionable. However, it is something that not only makes children feel bad, but also the one who applies it. Why it may be? Have you ever wondered why after hitting your child you feel so bad?
The practice of corporal punishment is deeply rooted in our society where it has been passed down through the generations, but that does not mean that it is the best or the ideal way to educate a child. As parents, and within a society that is increasingly concerned with the education of children, we must look for more constructive and positive alternatives, which stimulate their healthy development, and make us all feel good.
We do not want to convict those who use physical punishment as a standard of education. We just want you to wake up and experiment for other, more constructive ways of educating. Hitting does not teach, it does not educate, it only represents threat and submission to children. Physical punishment teaches the child to be fearful and submissive to the point of diminishing his ability to grow as an autonomous and responsible person.
There are many reasons why parents resort to corporal punishment:
- Because they consider it appropriate for the education of their children.
- Because they use it to unload their nerves.
- Because they lack sufficient resources to face a difficult situation.
- Because they don't have the skills to get what they want.
- Because they do not define well the social situations in which they are emitted.
- Because they can't control their emotions.
If we reflect on the reasons that lead parents to hit their children, we realize that they are meaningless. They do not justify physical punishment, and they do not convince as a form of education. Therefore its eradication is an ethical obligation.
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