The American Academy of Pediatrics issues its strongest formulated political statement against spanking children this week. Corporal punishment of children…
The American Academy of Pediatrics issues its strongest formulated political statement against spanking children this week.
Corporal punishment of children has been reduced and deterred in recent decades and the group’s statement strongly warns against its harmful effects and updates 20-year guidance on discipline as recommended parents to “be encouraged” not to spank.
Dr. William Fredette of FoxCare Pediatrics explained that even in cases when a child is not addicted, shaming children can produce high levels of cortisol that can inhibit brain development. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” and an excess in growing brains can prevent the growth of gray matter in the prefrontal cortex, where executive functional skills such as self-control are developed. It may be helpful for parents to consider their children’s bad behavior as a difficult time they have, rather than a deliberate antagonization of the parent, Fredette suggested.
“Parenting is probably the hardest job you must learn at work,” Fredette said. “I and other pediatricians are really trying to help parents refocus their approach to discipline.”
Growing children try to drive boundaries and be independent. Generally, behavior and attention are similar to more behavior, Fredette said.
With that in mind, children praise when you make them feel good are as important as discipline them when they are bad. Time out is an appropriate punishment for toddlers, and some pediatricians suggest a minute’s time per year.
Asking a child to come out when ready to talk is a good idea because it gives them an “Out” where they can try to explain their feelings. Try to set limits and be consistent with these limits, even when a child has a melting in general, Fredette said.
Remove a phone or other technique until older children or young people are ready to talk are also appropriate. A reward system, such as stickers that can serve the child’s ice cream, can also work to enhance good behavior.
Encouraging children to speak is important for their own development and their relationship with their parents.
“It does not mean” It’s meaningful to tell a child to be in control and then lose control and spank them ̵
1; it can make a child even more aggressive, “says Fredette.
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