April 21, 2018

Study shows corporal punishment linked to aggression.

Study just out from the Feb 2011 issue of Development Psychopathology. Among a few other things they found that early corporal punishment was associated with increased levels of peer aggression across the transition from preschool to school.

So, what are we to do??

0-1 Meet all needs. When a baby cries, it’s his only way to communicate. When you respond, you are calming their little system. He doesn’t have an ability to regulate his emotions and your calming sets his little emotional template. It’s good to allow them to cry as well. Some of us don’t want them to cry at all, but it’s important to let them express the distress and then respond to help him calm. This will set his ability to regulate his emotions for years to come!

1-3 Meet all needs and set limits on his wants. It is imperative to set limits and when he has a fit, he needs you to help him calm. Continue to hold the line and it’s be empathetic and help his body calm. When you do this, you are clear that the rules are to be followed, and clear that you are a safe and loving parent that will help them in times of need. This also has longstanding effects on his ability to handle the stress of hearing “no” for years to come!

Corporal punishment is not recommended especially for young children.

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