What’s the Alternative to Spanking?

Most of us have witnessed young children being spanked by an angry parent and wondered if it was really called for. Findings from a Duke University study suggest that spanking children at age 1 predicts aggressive behavior problems at age 2 and is linked to lower mental development test scores at age 3. Lisa Berlin says one-third of the 1-year-olds and about half of the 2- and 3-year-olds she studied had been spanked the previous week. Can so many parents be wrong? As CNN reports, the experts don’t agree on the issue. What’s your view? Should parents never spank — or are there times when it’s appropriate?


  1. Definetly not. children go thru periods of growth and we as caregivers/parents have to learn to find peaceful ways of dealing with conflicts.

  2. I believe that spanking is harmful. Instead of spanking giving a choice to child is an effective alternative to spanking. That is if a child playing with food ask the child ‘would you like to stoping playing with food or like to leave a table’. If the child contiunes ask to leave the table and allow the child to return only when obeys. Like this we can give option to childrens.