Whenever a parent disciplines (means of correcting) a child, they are teaching them, and letting them know there are boundaries in life. Often time, children misbehave for one or several reasons: they want attention, do not know right from wrong, or do not know how to express their feelings, or simply want to see how for they can go outside their boundaries. Even though spanking a child may be a quick way of discipline, the effects sometimes do not accomplish the goal a parent is trying to convey. However, through means of nonviolent methods of discipline, such as short talks, time-outs, and taking away privileges, a parent can achieve cooperation and control; thus, teaching their child right from wrong by standing firm in punishment, which will carry through to a lifetime of lessons learned.
Depending on the age of a child, a good form of discipline can come from just talking with a child. Through conversation, a parent or, anyone for that matter, can discuss the child’s misbehavior, help them understand what they did was wrong and why. The “small talk” could deepen to discuss better ways to handle a situation that caused the misbehavior in the first place and other ways to make a better choice next time. In addition, a conversation can help a child understand how his behavior could affect not only himself but also others as well. Even though spanking a child may make them immediately stop misbehaving, it will not address the real situation at hand, such as why the child was misbehaving in the first place, thus it gives the child no other options and furthermore, makes the child frustrated or angry about the situation.
Time-outs may help younger children that are out of control or simply upset about something to settle down. This is a type of non-violent punishment will supply time needed by a child to think about what they did, why they are acting that way and figure out how to change their behavior. Spanking, on the other hand is not only demeaning, but also may cause a negative reaction such as rebellion and resentment towards a parent.
Sometimes children may continue to misbehave by doing something they know is wrong. Parents at this point may consider another type of non-violent punishment, such as taking away something...