According to a national organization of pediatricians and other
healthcare professionals, spanking "applied appropriately" is not a
bad word or a bad practice.
A report published in the journal Pediatrics again
sounds an alarm against parents spanking their children. But Dr.
Den Trumbull, president of the American College of Pediatricians, calls the
report "biased" and points out that the cry against the
disciplinary spanking comes from the usual sources.
He says research has shown that when reasoning is less effective
with children between the ages of two and six, spanking can be
"Sometimes the milder measures, such as time out, disapproval,
logical consequences, are ineffective," he notes. "And in these
settings, spanking, appropriately applied, can be very effective.
If used early on, it's not needed much later on, because a child
begins to comply."
Dr. Trumbull says children need encouragement, love and
behavioral correction to become well adjusted.
"Without correction, children are given the impression that
their indulgences are just fine, that they can chart their own
path, that they are wiser than they actually are," the American
College of Pediatricians president poses. "They're given that
impression by their parents, and basically, chaos sets in."
For parents to achieve order in the home and teach children
proper self-control, Trumbull believes "discipline, including
positive reinforcement and negative reinforcements, which would
involve correction, is necessary."
He concludes that those seeking a legal ban on spanking are
doing a disservice to children and tying the hands of parents.