Spanking harms children, says AAP
Corporal punishment or the use of spanking as a disciplinary tool increases aggression in young children in the long run and is ineffective in teaching a child responsibility and self-control. New evidence suggests that it may cause harm to the child by affecting normal brain development. The harm associated with verbal punishment, such as shaming or humiliation are discussed in an updated policy statement published online Nov. 5, 2018 in the journal Pediatrics.
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