spanking vs no spanking

United States
August 2, 2007 10:38am CST
do you think children should be spanked or do you think there is always an alternative disciplinary action that can be taken?
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4 responses
@lucy67 (819)
• China
10 Aug 07
i don't think children should be spanked even when they make mistakes. we can talk to them and tell them what mistakes they have made and why they shouldn't made those mistakes any more. but i spanked my son one or two times when i was very angry.
@rouwel23 (1353)
• Philippines
5 Aug 07
spanking should not be the punishment for children who have done something wrong. there should be an alternative. to discuss with the child his/her problem and why they are doing it. talking with the child to understand why they did the particular crime should be done.
• United States
2 Aug 07
Spanking is an aversive primary reinforcer. A command to "sit in the corner", "take a time out", "you are grounded" or anything similar is a secondary reinforcer and / or a discriminatory stimulus. For a secondary reinforcer or discriminatory stimulus to be effective it must be paired with a primary reinforcer, in this case, spanking. This means that if you are consistent in your administration of punishment it is only necessary to spank a child a few times until they understand you mean what you say. After that, you can use the non spanking punishments effectively with only an occaisional re-pairing of the aversive primary reinforcer as necessary.
• India
2 Aug 07
i am of the opinion that children ought to get their deserved punishments instead of grounding them which seems lenient.... i guess the saying "spare the rod and spoil the child" is correct.... and i guess it answers your question... children can be spanked whenever necessary...