To spank or not to spank?

Were you spanked as a child? Many Filipinos have experienced this kind of discipline from parents.  So did you turn-out to be hateful?  I had my share of corporal punishment,  but I did not turn-out to be hateful, or problematic.

According to Science Daily, harsh parenting can impair the emotional development of a child, possibly leading to anxiety disorders such as social phobia, separation anxiety and panic attacks.

Two local lawmakers – Representatives Bernadette HerreraDy of Bagong Henerasyon party-list and Susan Yap of the Second District of Tarlac- however, filed  House Bill 1082,  which would be called the “Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2010.” If approved, Those who would be caught punishing their children shall face violation of either one-day to six months imprisonment. And if the offender is the parent of the child, the court might suspend his or her parental authority.

In the US, parents have a hard time disciplining their children.  You can hear kids shout back or even curse their parents publicly.  And due to lack of corporal punishment, it has been perceived that American children have become spoiled and even abusive, thinking that they can get away with anything.

I am not against instilling discipline, but I am strongly against abusive punishment that can lead to a child’s injury or even death.

The bible says: “He who spares the rod hates his son,  but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” – Proverbs 13:24

The keyword there is CAREFUL. And careful means that it should not cause any harm, danger, or put anyone at risk.


2 responses to “To spank or not to spank?

  1. First, there is such a difference between practical (and necessary) discipline and child abuse. There are so many parents now here who freak out over a spanking. But look at this generation walking around now – disrespectful, awful and absolutely no manners. Absolutely, one needs to be very firm with the rules and only use spanking (am talking spanking the butt or hand as a last resort) when all other methods fail.

    Now child abuse – that’s a completely different thing. That’s malicious, Satanic intent to hurt a helpless child. That is eons away from a mother spanking her kid on the hand because he wouldn’t stop grabbing at the stove.

    • “Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2010″ is against any form of physical punishment kahit pitik – child abuse na! Seems like the ways of the young generation in the US will trickle down here soon once the bill has been approved.

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