Child Abuse - Is it the right thing to do?

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Is physical abuse the answer to disciplining your child? Physical abuse is physical force or violence that results from punching, beating, kicking, biting, burning or otherwise harming a child. Statistics show that in 1997, 3 million children in the U.S. were reported as abused or neglected according to the National Center of Child Abuse and Neglect. There is another 1 million children whose cases go unreported. When the public sees child abuse cases being reported in the news, they assume the abusers are mentally ill but fewer than ten percent of these people have mental disorders which is very sad and disturbing. Physical abuse is not the answer and surely not the way to punish a child. Physically abusing a child can lead to more serious matter such as injuring the child physically, injuring them mentally, and even letting the abuse get passed onto future generations.

Physical abuse can injure a child and usually the injury is severe.

The consequences of abusing a child physically can be very devastating on the child. The physical injuries can vary from bruises, choke marks, burns, possibly brain damage, permanent disabilities, and even death. Instead of lashing out to children, a parent should help children understand the rules and what happens if they are broken. Children are very dependent for care and protection and should not be subjected to physical violence. If they do not feel like they would have the care and protection of the parents. Then the child will feel fearful toward the parents and also lack the ability to trust others. As they grow older there might be runaway episodes, isolation, perform poorly in school. And lack of communication towards other people such as friends and family.

In addition to physically injuring the child, he or she can also be affected...