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Saying No to the Principle of Hitting Children to Discipline

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  1. Moumita1

    Moumita1 Silver IL'ite

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    As children I guess all or most of us had been hit by our parents at some point in our childhood.

    Our parents went by the saying, ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’. We all know that yes, compared to our childhood, our children are in a different generation all together. We try and provide them with things that we had missed out in our childhood, like that expensive remote-controlled toys, or bed sheets printed with cartoon characters, or an expensive hobby class. We work and earn and then spend it all on children, for we strongly believe that we can provide for our children so that they are not left wanted for anything. At our heart we very strongly believe we are much more aware and involved parents than our parents ever were, not that we do not understand why our parents had done what they did. We actually understand and empathise. And yet we all believe that this is a different generation all together. But how many of us can honestly say that we have never hit our children, that we do believe that same results may be obtained through discipline, than an occasional slap or a hard spank? How come our thoughts haven’t changed much from our parents in this criterion, even if we believe that we are from a different generation, the one which thinks independently?

    My child is ten and the last time I had hit her was when she was two years and had thrown a glass of water on the wall, just to check if it breaks. Needless to say the tumbler had shattered and my temper had hit the roof. I still remember the shocked look in her face when I spanked her, and the utter incomprehension of her punishment. It’s simple; she did not understand why she was hit. It was that look which pained me the most and made me rethink on our maternal tendency of reaching out to hit a child, most of the time when we lose our patience, reach end of our tether. Most of the time hitting in a temper makes for erratic disciplinary action, for in a calmer frame of mind, often we let the child get away with the same or similar act. Since then I had been plagued by this question, to hit or not to hit my child to enforce discipline? It was then I heard someone say that hitting children when we lose temper is so grossly unfair on the child. And I agree.

    I haven’t hit my child since then, and do not intend to hit again in future also. Last eight years of my parenting had been utterly taxing, for I was much tempted to resort to spanking, but thankfully I didn’t. I have used all sorts of rewards and punishment on her to ensure good behaviour and the difference between right and wrong getting imprinted on her mind. Today my daughter comes to me and expresses her surprise on hearing her friends’ moms’ hitting them. A friend of her had to be hospitalised because her mom hit her and unluckily the blow made her fall very hard on the floor.

    It pains me to see children in pain. It pains me further when such pain is inflicted on them by their parents. Why do we treat our own children so badly, when we claim to be the well-read, knowledgeable and savvy gen-next of parents? Is there no replacement to spanking in terms of disciplinary action? We all say and know that violence begets violence. So if we raise our children amidst violence, there is a strong chance that they will grow up to be violent personalities. My father had never hit us in our entire life, and maybe that’s why it had been very easy for me to stop hitting my child and nurture her in a loving and yet strict disciplinary environment. She knows she need not be afraid of violence, and she knows that discipline do not mean physical pain.

    In a lot of countries, corporal punishment is illegal, be it in school or at home. It’s banned in schools in India as well. And yet, everyday huge number of children gets hit, bruised and battered, and we, their custodians, are most often responsible for it. We hit children without even thinking anything about it, when we will think ten times before we will hit an adult. It makes me wonder why we do that, or if we can at all stop the draconian practice of hitting our children altogether.
     
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  2. sreemanavaneeth

    sreemanavaneeth Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Moumita,

    Nice and require for the present world this topic to be addressed. Now a days children are smart enough and they know how to handle the situation. Hitting will not fetch any good result and mere discussion and good advise in a proper way will surely make the children to understand everything in their life which will surely make a good citizen.
    Good One.
     
  3. Moumita1

    Moumita1 Silver IL'ite

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    Thank you. I am hoping more and more parents will come up with a disciplinary solution for children other than causing physical pain.
     
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    mssunitha2001 IL Hall of Fame

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    A good blog dear Moumita !!!!!!:cheers
    My dad never even raised his voice but we used to get occasional pinches from my mom when we used to fuss over food...which made us eat whatever food was served.

    Now i do the same to my dd when she does not eat ..... but she knows it will not pain. so no use.... she eats only what she likes. At that time i ask myself ... am i a good mother ???? by not being strict to make her eat food.

    she used to be surprised when she hears from her friends that they got good beating with a stickfrom their parents....she feels so sad for them then. Though i dont believe that parents do beat children with sticks...may be they just pretend to....but kids are scared.


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  5. Moumita1

    Moumita1 Silver IL'ite

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    Hi, and thanks.

    You'll be surprised to know how many moms and dads hit their children with sticks, rulers, karchis etc even today. It's rampant in families like yours and ours. Its quite astonishing to know that a good amount of parents truly believe that by hitting their children, they are helping them. Only I don't think it works like that. It certainly inculcates fear in children, but not a sense of right and wrong.
     
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    satchitananda IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Moumita,

    A very thought provoking post. What is the best way to parent. I am sure there is no one answer to this. But yes, I certainly agree that corporal punishment of any kind should be banned completely from schools. The simple reason for this is that very often, teachers who are over-burdened and do not know how to handle 60-65 children at a time, really end up a frustrated lot and vent their ire on children leading to inexcusable loss of young lives, which has no place in civil society. As for the parents having to spank their child occasionally, I am sure there would be very diverse views on it, though yes, I certainly did not like being spanked and still try to forget the several occasions when I was.
     
  7. Moumita1

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    Hi,

    Thanks.

    But tell me, venting our ire or anger on somone else, can never be a good way to solve the problem, can it? Doesn't that apply to all, parents, teachers, guardians, everyone?
     
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    Dear Moumita,

    Topic is very well thought of . Spanking will never help. I have seen this in the case of my hubby.

    He is one of the sensitive types, but he was raised very strictly, being hit by cane, given the punishment of kneeling down in front of their balcony etc. But at the same time he was not deprived of love and affection.

    But this behavior of his parents affected him so much, that all the love being showered by them, on him faded away. He does not have great affection towards his parents now after so many years. I do agree, all children will not be very sensitive to these things and will forget as they grew up, just like my BIL did. (He was also brought just as my hubby, but was not affected by such punishments and is very affectionate to his parents).

    So it is better to stick to some other method of disciplining our children. Never do we try to spank or shout at our son and he is very understanding too.

    Nice of you to bring this topic here:thumbsup
     
  9. Moumita1

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    Thank you for saying that. It gives me a sense of support. Childhood, as much as possible, should be fearless, isn't it? Most of us often confuse fear with discipline.
     
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    Swashika Silver IL'ite

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    Hi Moumitha ...

    very well written... i too spank my kids when they are really uncontrollable. They test our patience to the core and i end up spanking them.

    it was one day when my kid refused to recite a poem which she had to tell in school the next day. I got so angry and held her hands tightly and made her recite.she was trying to take her hands from mine. That time my nails scratched her hand and she started to bleed . i litereally had tears and felt really ashamed on my behaviour. Thought why should a small girl be treated this way? even thought she is given the biggest punishment of being born to a worst mom.

    From that day i really dont beat her or spank her. when i cannot control my temper i shout at them and leave the place.

    some child Psychiatrist say even punishing them is wrong. Punishing kids will stay in their heart forever.
    This will also teach kids to tell lies and hide things from parents.

    as u said these kids have so much exposure these days, the only way of disciplining is to pat them all time and encourage them. Speak softly and be affectionate.

    As they grow up we have to be their bestest friend. That way we can also have a satisfaction and they also will be inside the boundary line and dont go away from us.
     

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