Is it ever OK to hit your child?

It’s important to not spank, hit, or slap a child of any age. Babies and toddlers are especially unlikely to be able to make any connection between their behavior and physical punishment. They will only feel the pain of the hit. And don’t forget that kids learn by watching adults, particularly their parents.

Does hitting your child make them aggressive?

Many studies have shown that physical punishment — including spanking, hitting and other means of causing pain — can lead to increased aggression, antisocial behavior, physical injury and mental health problems for children.

What do you do when you hit your child?

If you are afraid you might have hurt your child, call or text the confidential, 24-hour Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). Parents can also look for a therapist specialized in anger management.

What is the most psychologically damaging thing you can say to a child?

Ellen Perkins wrote: “Without doubt, the number one most psychologically damaging thing you can say to a child is ‘I don’t love you’ or ‘you were a mistake’.

What age should a child get spanked?

Generally speaking, you can’t effectively discipline a child until they’re at least 2 years old — about the same time your toddler-age kid is ready for potty training.

Can I hit my child with a belt?

Any spanking that leaves a mark or involves hitting your child with an object (like a cane, a coat hanger, or a belt) will be considered child abuse by American society. Some forms of traditional discipline do not include hitting the child, such as having the child hold one position for a long time.

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