Is it Right to Spank Your Child?

Essay by holywoodstarCollege, Undergraduate June 2003

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Have you ever walked to the front of a store when you hear a child screaming at the top of their lungs because they want something and the parent has said they couldn't have it? What is your first thought when that happens? Mine goes something like this, "Man, that parent should pick that kid up and swat their butt!" Spanking is one of the most controversial discipline methods. On one side of the debate are parents who believe it is all right to spank their children; this is where I am. On the other side are those who think that children should never be spanked. I believe in spanking your child, only if it is done appropriately. And that is why I am writing this paper, to figure out if spanking is a good way to discipline your child.

My parents used spanking when we did something that could hurt us, and that is how I believe it should be done.

After they spanked us they would say, "Now I know that hurt, but if you go into the street again, you could get hurt even worse by a car; and I love you. I don't want you to get hurt like that." In the Bible in Proverbs 23: 13 & 14 it tells us- "Don't fail to correct your children. They won't die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death." That proves the way that my parents disciplined us, and the way I believe someone should be disciplined.

Another thing my parents would say is that they spanked us because they loved us. Of course, at the time we really didn't think they loved us if they spanked us but here is something else the Bible says. Proverbs 13:24 "If you refuse to...