Corporal Punishment

In 1978, Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, was awarded the German Book Trade Peace Prize for her excellent contributions to children?s literature. In her acceptance speech, she told an interesting story about a child. This brief narrative began when she was about twenty. She had just met a pastor?s wife who told her that when she was young and had her first child, she was completely opposed to spanking children. However, the practice was widely accepted at the time. When her son had turned five, he had misbehaved and the woman decided to give the child its first spanking. She told him to leave the house to search for a switch. The child did not return for quite a while. When he finally returned, he said to his mother, ?Mama, I couldn?t find a switch, but here?s a rock that you can throw at me.? (No Spanking Page) The Perception of a spanking visually and tactilely must be confusing and disturbing for children. They can never be sure what meaning their parents are expressing when this violent type of punishment takes place. Parents give children primary exposure to concepts of right and positive. In addition, Parents? behavior influences children?s perceptions

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