Punishment of children
Punishment of children is a hotly debated issue. There is general agreement that praise and reward for desirable, "good" behaviour are the cornerstone of education of children. However, experience with "laissez-faire" education has convinced many people that if the child is willfully disobedient it needs to be punished. Children need to explore their boundaries - if no limits are set, the child will feel abandoned and uncertain. Punishment can be a way of setting limits.
- Main article: Spanking of children
In traditional society, a common and accepted punishment of children is spanking them (a form of corporal punishment delivered to the buttocks — see also spanking of children). The postindustrial society shows strong aversion to intimate physical contact (except for sexual intercourse) including corporal punishment of children. Corporal punishment is therefore considered unacceptable, and replaced by psychological punishment. It is as yet unsupported by empirical evidence if this is better or worse.
Spanking art of children often depicts a period (in some cases a more or less imaginary period) when childre were routinely disciplined by parents. Such art refers to a simple world, where there is right and wrong, good behavior is rewarded and bad behavior is punished. The child is free in his acts, as it is irresponsible, and with an absolute claim to forgiveness after receiving a just punishment. The child is "taken care of" by a loving, protective parent in a physically intimate way. Not all child spanking art follows this model, however.
- Spank with Love - a parenting website on how to spank children.
- Related stock photos (corner time etc.)
- Proposition de loi de Mme Edwige Antier visant à abolir les châtiments corporels infligés aux enfants (22 janvier 2010)