Pediatricians to parents: Please avoid spanking your children

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Pediatricians are advising parents disciplining their children to avoid spanking. 

According to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, methods not advised include: 

  • Spanking
  • Slapping
  • Insulting
  • Shaming

The group, which consists of about 67,000 pediatricians, has strengthened its stance against spanking.

Instead of spanking, the group advises mothers and fathers to use what it calls “healthy forms of discipline.”

That includes:

  • Giving positive reinforcement
  • Setting expectations and limits

“All forms of corporal punishment and yelling at or shaming children are minimally effective in the short-term and not effective in the long-term,” says the American Academy of Pediatrics, and risk “negative behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional outcomes.”

This statement is an update of guidance from 1998 that also called for non-physical responses to undesired behavior.



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