Harsh Punishment is a "no-no"
Harsh Punishment in Early Childhood
What is harsh punishment
The following are considered harsh punishments:
Some different objects used in harsh punishments:
- Hockey stick
- Open hands
The Effects of Harsh Punishment
Mental health problems associated with harsh punishment:
- hard time understand rules
- lashing out
- poor performance in school and grades
It can also lead to problems later in life such as criminal behavior and substance abuse
Think about it: spanking a child for aggressive behavior is modeling the child's aggression.
Alternatives to Harsh Punishment
Another successful tactic is withdrawal. Withdrawal means to take away some of the child's privileges such as tv and computer time. This tactic helps avoid harsh punishment, yet is still effective.
Consistency is key. If a parent allows the child to misbehave and the child is only reprimanded occasionally the child becomes confused and will continue to misbehave.
Explanations help as well. By explaining the punishment to the child, the child will understand his or her parents' expectations. Explanations lead to less "bad behaviors."