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Do You Punish Your Child?

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There is a huge difference between punishing and disciplining the child. Frequent punishments can leave a bad impact on child’s mind. Punishing, yelling and hitting can hamper child's development. Find more about why you should not punish and hit your child.

Punishing your child becomes sometimes important. The most significant thing here is to understand what exactly punishment means. It should not be mistaken for spanking or any vicious punishment. This is because most often parents and teachers have to get strict in order to discipline children.

No matter what the age of your child is, you need to be consistent when it comes to disciplining the child. Make certain rules and let children know about the consequences. Here, you need to follow the same rules and stay consistent and unfailingly apply those rules in your day to day life.

Why You Should Not Punish Your Child

Read on to know why you should not punish your child.

Is Punishment Beneficial?

Many parents get confused and do not understand whether punishment is beneficial for their children or not. The only thing that every parent needs to know is discipline comes before punishment. Do not punish your child without making him aware of what is wrong and right.

Set the Criteria for Punishments

First, set certain conditions and let your child know about the consequences of not following them. If, the child is not following the rules even after the warning, punishment becomes must. There are alternatives to punishments and most often they work best in the long run too.

Reward Good Behaviour

Punishment hurts the self dignity of the child. Instead, positive reimbursements can encourage the child for good behaviour.

Control Misbehaviour

Keep a check on misbehaviour and make him understand the situation by giving examples. Only when the child is trying to be rigid and mischievous, punish him and that too after warning him and giving him sometime to cover up his mistakes.

Avoid Physical Punishments

Physical punishment reflects the anger of the parent more than the wrong act of the child. This conveys a wrong message.

Reasons Not to Hit Your Child

Here are some reasons for not hitting your child.

You Are the Role Model
– If you hit your child, he will try to imitate you. In fact this will convey a message to your child that hitting is the right of elders towards younger or of stronger to weaker.

Devalues the Child And Parent
– Any child’s self image begins right from home and his childhood. Hitting will make the child feel that he is bad. At the same time it devalues the parents also and if hitting is frequent, the child starts taking this normal.

Punishment Increases
– Once you start hitting or punishing your child, it escalates and you do not even realize this in time. Resistance of the child continues to grow and there comes a time when he finds no harm to himself.

Bad Memories
– Punishing brings back bad memories and also creates bad memories in any child’s mind.

Long Term Bad Effects
– Punishing actually leaves long term and bad effects in the mind of the child.

Punishing and hitting your child is easier than making him disciplined in a positive manner. Teaching a child the things good for him and his life is a very tough job. Firstly, you will have to discipline yourself and follow the rules consistently and only then your child is going to follow them. This is obvious because parents are role models for their children.&

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Amla Pai.5 years ago
I do not believe in the concept of punishment. Love is a better way to explain things. kids can never learn with fear, they will just be in fear.
Hiten Jaiswal.5 years ago
Yeah for me also punishing a kid for mistakes is a must. Even when i am teaching him something, if he fails to understand i give him a slap and he instantly understands.Kids for fear of punishment will avoid making mistakes.
Pragya Chaudhry.5 years ago
I always punish my son when he does a mistake,. I believe punishment is necessary for teaching kids good manners and discipline. I cannot tolerate indiscipline.
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