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May 02, 2017
Category: parenting
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Hello Parents!


My blog today discusses a recent study that assessed the effects spanking. Now I know this blog will be considered controversial by some, and the study I am going to discuss briefly, will be disregarded by others. But for those who are not already emotionally invested in their opinion one way or the other, and are simply interested in the findings of this recent and well regarded scientific study, here goes.


The study was published in 2016 in the Journal of Family Psychology. The authors were Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas at Austin, and Andrew Grogan-Kaylor of the University of Michigan. The researchers looked at 5 decades of research that involved 160,000 children. It is felt to be the most complete analysis studying the long and short-term outcomes from spanking to date.


So what did they find? The analysis focused on what most of us would think of as normal spanking. This is hitting the child with an open hand on the behind or extremities. And in short, what the scientific evidence found, was that spanking is ineffective and has a number of long term harmful consequences to children. To quote Elizabeth Gershoff, "We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents’ intended outcomes when they discipline their children.”


So to restate, spanking did not result in immediate or long-term compliance but also had unintended bad outcomes. Some of the negative outcomes of spanking were that children were more likely to defy their parents, have anti-social behavior and develop mental health problems even into adulthood. Also children who were disciplined physically were more likely to use corporal punishment on their own children.


Parents must decide whether or not to spank their children, but I for one, having read about the findings in this study, would not recommend it.


Below I have included a couple of links that reference the study in case you would like to read more.


Peace and love to all those wonderful kids and parents out there.


Doctor Hernandez





By Douglass Hasell MD
May 06, 2016
Category: parenting
Tags: Parenting  

By Doug Hasell, MD

    One of the joys of being a pediatrician is the opportunity to observe parents with their kids in different situations. We see the good and the bad, and how this affects the kids. I think most of us consider it to be a great privilege to be involved in such an intimate and important role. The encouraging part about this is that we see that most children only need a few basic ingredients to thrive and be happy. They need to feel they are loved.  This is the most important ingredient and children have a sense of this through their parent’s actions and priorities.  This is a no-brainer for most parents but they may or may not know the other important ingredients.

    This is a sense of structure, stability and safety in their children’s lives.  This reduces stress and allows them to flourish and achieve their full potential.  Children of all ages need to have consistent limit setting on their behavior.  This is done in a very loving and patient way by the best parents.  Other parents may not be as calm or patient because of stress in their lives or because of their personality type.  Most children are very resilient to being scolded by their parents.  However when parents either don’t have the energy or confidence to set limits on their children they often develop behavioral problems and find it hard to set limits on their own behavior as they get older.

    To be an excellent parent, you don't have to be a perfect parent.  There are situations that you may not handle perfectly. It seems to be that most children will do well if they feel consistently loved and there is an adult who has a special interest in their well-being and success. And if they have structure and feel safe, they will have curiosity to learn and strive to do their best in everything they do.

    Whether you lean more towards being a helicopter parent who hovers over their child and may over protect them or the "free-range" parent who allows their child to explore their environment and take more risks, you can be assured that there is a wide range of successful parenting styles.  If your child feels loved and has been reared in a stable and safe environment with a sense of consistency and structure they will usually be well adjusted and happy.



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