Currently, there’s a major debate on whether the government should make it a crime for parents to spank their child. Thus far, over 88 countries — including the United States — have prohibited spanking in either the home, schools or both.
If you are wondering whether it is necessary for the government to determine whether you should have the right to spank your child or not, you aren’t alone. Many parents feel they should have the right to raise their child as they see fit.
However, what happens when a national study suggests that by eliminating spanking, parents actually raise children that are less violent? This is exactly what the latest Public Health Research has uncovered in their findings from over 88 countries.
Is there truly an association between youth violence and the banning of parental spankings among their children?
The study involved over 403,604 adolescents that were divided into groups that were separated by country. Exactly 69% of the countries involved in the survey were fully banned from corporal punishment among children. This ban included the spanking of children by their parents and by their teachers in school.
The results concluded that the countries with the ban existing in both the home and schools revealed a dramatic decrease in the number of fights that occurred between the children. The study then concluded that the results “support the hypothesis that societies that prohibit the use of corporal punishment are less violent for youth to grow up in than societies that have not.”
The government has a vested interest in banning parents from spanking their children
You may not realize this, but the government has a desire to ensure a less violent society. This means that if studies show that children are less violent when they are not raised with violence, then the government will do what it deems necessary to keep your child from being violent. This does not go without its share of problems, however.
Banning a parent from spanking their child does not address the level of violence that continues to invade the video games and cartoons that our children see. The study also fails to consider how parents might change their approach to discipline, which includes more effective communication.
Can effective communication and spankings go hand in hand? Should we now change the wording of the Bible that we as a nation follows that instructs a parent to not “spare the rod” when it comes to raising their children? The government has a vested interest in ensuring a less violent society, but does it have the right to pick and choose which form of violence it will remove?
Parents have the right to decide what’s best for their children
It becomes a dangerous thing when the government takes the task of deciding how a parent should raise their children, regardless of the results of a universal study. Parents care far more for their children than the government, which leads to the conclusion that the greatest vested interest would be of the parent for their child.
When the government takes on the task of telling parents how to discipline their children, then they take away the right of the parent to raise their children effectively. A parent decides what their children watch on television, what video games their children play, and what school their child attends. If we trust parents to do this, can we not trust their ability to decide the best measure of discipline for their own children? It’s a concept that does not require a study to see its value and significance.