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Study: Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior
Disciplining young children is one of the key jobs of any parent - most people would have no trouble agreeing with that. But whether or not that discipline should include spanking or other forms of corporal punishment is a far trickier issue.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not endorse spanking for any reason, citing its lack of long-term effectiveness as a behavior-changing tactic. Instead the AAP supports strategies such as "time-outs" when children misbehave, which focus on getting kids to reflect on their behavior and the consequences of their actions. Still, as many parents can attest, few responses bring about the immediate interruption of a full-blown tantrum like a swift whack to the bottom.
Now researchers at Tulane University provide the strongest evidence yet against the use of spanking: of the nearly 2,500 youngsters in the study, those who were spanked more...
Amazingly enough, a new study was released this week, experts did a study and say violent video games, make people smarter. Loving Discipline=Bad vs Violent Video Games=Good???? Isa 5:20-21 20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight! NASU Hey, but if experts did a study on it, surely they can't be wrong??? John Jones
The confusion over why professional organizations come up with "solutions" that are the exact opposite of what one experiences, and what scripture teaches was cleared up for me on this post: http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/marx.htm#13. Turns out "Marx" was either a Satanist or "Possessed" and his philosophy is being driven though our culture. Odd how the supposed "neutral" and "secular" methods, foisted on an unsuspecting public still came from scripture.
B Newman wrote: written, most likely, by well-meaning folks that do not have children, and do not know or care what the Bible says about the issue.
The only problem with spanking is that it is not administered correctly and for the right reasons.
Why Sermon Audio is posting this article is beyond me?
The reason I posted is because it is current debate in the nations and the so called United Nations, and I am a father and grandfather. Therefore it is an important and relevant issue to us on the board and to our families.
WELL DONE SermonAudio for putting up this article.
As to the administration of spanking, - as God records and establishes it must be done in Love. Prov 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Wow! This is nothing more that the same propaganda from the Dr Spock days rearing its ugly head again and written, most likely, by well-meaning folks that do not have children, and do not know or care what the Bible says about the issue. The only problem with spanking is that it is not administered correctly and for the right reasons. Why Sermon Audio is posting this article is beyond me?
Please read my entire comment #11606 posted April 18, 2010 at http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100412/hl_time/08599198101900#mwpphu-container
I spanked my kids early on and when they learned to fear Dad's discipline I never had to spank them again. I haven't spanked my oldest two kids in over six years (oldest 12). If spanking causes more aggression then why is it that a culture who spank less is becoming more violent and more aggressive? The problem is not wrong discipline the problem is no discipline. Children are dropped off at the daycare where there is no spanking and then they are dropped off at schools where there is no spanking and now we are dropping off those same parents in the nursing homes where there is no love. Our whole society is becoming institutionalized. Women are out working. Men are out playing sports and our kids are becoming more and more angry and violent. Until we get back to the the home and raising kids our culture will continue to be more violent and aggressive. Our churches resemble the world because children are sent to childrern's church and children's choir the youth go to the youth group and for the most part children grow up without parental guidance. The responsibilites are given to the government and the church. I'd rather spank my kid to discipline then have them later go to prison for life without parole.
If spanking kids leads to more aggressive behavior, how is it kids from broken homes, without a father there at all, with minimal or no discipline, end up more likely to commit crimes, hurt others, go to jail, etc.? Connecting the dots shouldn't be so difficult, even for university researchers.
CJW wrote: I only wish my dad would have disciplined me more. I lived a life of sin for 39 years before the Lord, in His Mercy, saved me. Lack of discipline allows a person to become more and more wicked. I personally know. My little boy was a year and a half when I got saved. I didn't discipline him before I got saved, and frankly he was becoming a little terror. When I got saved and trusted in God's Word, I immediately began spanking my son when necessary out of love, not anger. He went from almost a little monster to a little boy, 6 yrs. old, that people think is sweet. I love him dearly. As one who was lost for so long thought that if you spanked your child then you do not love them. This is basically what the world says. God says the exact opposite. Prv 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. As a Christian, I choose to believe God over man. And I have seen the blessings because of this.
Thanks for sharing that encouraging testimony. It's testimony like this that is so vital when helping people to understand and accept such a counterintuitive concept (that spanking, when properly done, actually helps the child more than not spanking them).
I only wish my dad would have disciplined me more. I lived a life of sin for 39 years before the Lord, in His Mercy, saved me. Lack of discipline allows a person to become more and more wicked. I personally know.
My little boy was a year and a half when I got saved. I didn't discipline him before I got saved, and frankly he was becoming a little terror. When I got saved and trusted in God's Word, I immediately began spanking my son when necessary out of love, not anger. He went from almost a little monster to a little boy, 6 yrs. old, that people think is sweet. I love him dearly.
As one who was lost for so long thought that if you spanked your child then you do not love them. This is basically what the world says. God says the exact opposite.
Prv 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
As a Christian, I choose to believe God over man. And I have seen the blessings because of this.
A little research will prove that most of these people who are against spanking are also against owning guns, a strong military, capital punishment, etc. They live in a world of make-believe where everything will correct itself if given enough time. What nonsense.
I grew up in a world of strict discipline. This included spankings. I did not become an aggressive adult. My brothers did not become aggressive adults. Our many friends did not become aggressive adults. We DID, however, become respected people in our communities because of the discipline we received as children. My own childen received their share of spankings when it was necessary. They have not grown up to become aggressive adults. They are, in fact, doing very well for themselves and their families.
Teaching that spanking, properly done, is wrong defies God's Word. The Bible clearly and plainly commands it. I personally know of rough, tough boys who were spared a life of trouble from the discipline they received. This included spankings. I have also known brats who became trouble-makers and finally inmates in prison because they never had a good, hard spanking in their lives. I can assure you that they ARE getting worse than spanked now.
"...says Singer, ...spanking instills fear rather than understanding. Even if a child were to stop his screaming tantrum when spanked, that doesn't mean he understands why he shouldn't be acting out in the first place. What's more, spanking models aggressive behavior as a solution to problems."
When the LORD visited Abraham with the two angels prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah he commends Abraham for what He foresees concerning him, saying:
"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." Ge 18:19
He is essentially saying that Abraham will discipline his children and they shall both understand and do "justice" and "judgment." These two things are what spanking is intended to teach. Instilling a little fear of sinning in a child's heart is not necessarily a bad thing. BTW, I thought it was so. but I checked it out, both "justice" and "judgment" are used for the very first time in the Bible in this particular verse, concerning he who is called "the father of all them that believe." Romans 4:11 Telling I think, considering there are some who say the law has nothing to do with the believer.
They want to regulate every human behavior--they want children fully compliant to the state. In order to do that, the family, a gift from God, has to be divided for this goal. They want little robots walking around under constant surveillance?
What a bunch of insanity that spanking kids leads to more aggressive behavior. The Bible sanctions corporal punishment when it states spare the rod and spoil the child. When I get married and have children they are going to toe the mark or I will use a leather strap to administer corporal punishment to them. I will also use alternative form of punishment like making them sit in their room for a half an hour doing nothing.
"Spanking may stop a child from misbehaving in the short term, but it becomes less and less effective with repeated use, according to the AAP; it also makes discipline more difficult as the child gets older"
Rubbish!! The problem with these liberal tactics is their perception of child discipline in the first place. The spanking when properly handled establishes a sense of authority in parents or elders, when used to chastise. Thus as the child develops into adulthood authority itself is recognised as a part of social life in the community. Alternatives to spanking are also used by "normal" parents and have been for centuries. The spank has a place and is recognised by parent and child, as a means for communicating punishment in a personal way with dramatic effect.
Question. Does God chastise His children? As all Christians are painfully aware = Yes!
Prov 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Prov 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Prov 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die
I'm going to repeat & amend the comment I left at Yahoo since it's getting buried in a flood of other remarks.
Who says "time-out" is any less "cruel" than spanking? This is analagous to the superstition that it's not OK to execute criminals, but it is OK to lock them up for long periods with other violent miscreants for company. Too often, there are unstated & unestablished ethical norms in debates like this.
Further, there are many qualifications on the corporal punishment issue. For example, were the children punished justly? Were they punished consistently? Was it solely a result of parental anger? And of course there's the "post hoc ergo propter hoc" logical fallacy common to all such sociological research.
I was taught that even giants like Abraham Maslow and Benjamin Spock, who initially opposed spanking kids eventually saw the error of their ways and did a 180 on this issue. Evidently even their "enlightened" findings are not good enough for the present crop of post-moderns, who "test" everything they don't like until they can sythesize and publish "results" that are more agreeable to their established world-view, which (I think) tends to view mankind as being far more righteous than they actually are.
Most interesting to me was the title, and the use of the word "agressive" as opposed to "violent".
I don't have kids, but if I did, I would actually want them to be aggressive in a positive, diciplined way so as to maximize their overall success in life. And if proper use of the rod can bring this about (as this study seems to suggest--as stated), go for it.
Nonsense; the exact opposite has proven to be true. Not spanking your kids is what has lead to violent behavior. Why? Because kids have not learned the basic law of cause and effect. i.e. you hurt someone and you get hurt. Therefore kids grow up thinking that they can get away with anything. Young children cannot reason through why they should not do something, but they can realize that certain actions get painful results. Of course this applies to spanking as a proper discipline, not abuse.