What are some arguments for banning smacking? Why we should ban smacking?

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Studies have shown that hitting children makes them more aggressive, is ineffective, and has lasting long-term negative emotional effects.  Evidence also suggests that children who are spanked have lower IQs.

The main reason against corporal punishment seems to be that studies say it leads to aggression in children.  Even if...

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Studies have shown that hitting children makes them more aggressive, is ineffective, and has lasting long-term negative emotional effects.  Evidence also suggests that children who are spanked have lower IQs.

The main reason against corporal punishment seems to be that studies say it leads to aggression in children.  Even if children are not hit regularly or hit hard, evidence suggests that when they are smacked by their parents they are learning to equate violence as a solution to problems.  However, there are other negative effects of smacking that are also serious.  Smacking can lead to lower intelligence.

Another problem with spanking or smacking is that it is ineffective.  It simply does not work.  In other words, it does not curb the behavior you are trying to prevent.  In addition to that, it has lasting negative emotional effects.  Children might suffer depression or low self-esteem.  Spanking also relies on the parent to have quite a bit of self-control.  Parents often say that they only hit their child a few times, and not very hard, and they are not angry and in total control.  However, anyone who has dealt with a child knows how they can push buttons.  Quite frankly, it is easy to step over the line.  Spanking can lead to abuse very quickly.

Once the child and the parent get into the cycle of misbehavior and spanking, it can be difficult to get them out of it.  Spanking may be an easy solution to the problem for both of them, but it is not a good one.  They are not addressing the problem.  Neither of them is talking.  There is no communication, and no verbalizing going on.  It is easy to see how this can lead to lower IQs and increased aggression.  Teaching children to talk things out and use their words is much more complicated, but much more effective and leads to better relationships in the long run.

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