What is Corporal Punishment
Before we discuss the various ways to discipline a child without hitting them, parents must first understand why it may not be a good idea to use corporal punishment.
To clarify, corporal punishment is not just hitting kids with an object or spanking them by hand. It also includes pinching, twisting, kicking, and pulling.
Simply put, corporal punishment is an umbrella term for all the physical punishments a parent may use on their child.
The Health Effects of Corporal Punishment
Let’s say a child took their coloring materials and drew on the pristine white walls of their house. When the mother saw this, she immediately spanks her child to stop the bad behavior.
Hurt and scared, said child cried, stopped drawing on the wall, and never did it again.
From that example, it’s easy to see why many parents feel that hitting is an effective way of disciplining a child.
However, according to experts, regular physical punishment only:
- Makes children fearful of their parents.
- Teaches kids to “avoid” getting caught doing bad things.
- Sends a message to kids that being aggressive is an effective response to anger.
Since it’s now clear how physical punishment affects a child’s future, let’s move on to the different ways to discipline a child without hitting them.
10 Ways to Discipline a Child without Hitting Them
Consider Your Child’s Development
How should parents discipline their child?
The answer to that question mostly depends on your child’s age and development. Before you think about imposing discipline, ask yourself this question first: Do they really need discipline or they’re just acting their age?
For instance, if a preschooler breaks something, it’s probably not because they are being naughty. It’s most likely because they are curious.
Discipline Styles and Strategies for Preschoolers