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THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF PHYSICAL CORRECTION IN A CHILD

The most dangerous person to hurt/ offend is a child. When spanking is repeated over and over, one message is driven home to that child, ”You are weak and defenseless.”

I am putting up a caveat on this piece as I have never been a parent and so there are some things I don’t know about parenting yet, but there are some things that are self evident such that you don’t need to be a parent to understand.

A child is known by his doings. Every child has a doing. Don’t look down or trivialize their doings. Their doings is their unique and remarkable side.

A friend shared with me what her mother did to her when she was young and she never forgot it since then. The subject of discipline often arouses controversy regarding the spanking of children as a method of discipline. The manner in which you choose to discipline your child is a personal one. Every child is different and parenting involves finding what works for your child.

 According to cognitive psychologist, Jean Piaget, children are active thinkers who constantly try to make sense of their world.

As the child of  Nigerian parents, I was certainly subjected to various punishments and some beatings as I grew up, and the truth is that I see the merits of strong discipline. In fact, I have resolved that I will certainly smack my children when the time comes because I believe that sometimes that sort of response is necessary- but only sometimes and even then, with moderation.

Parents and people in authority have the responsibility to instill discipline on those under their care. However, physical correction is just one of the many ways to discipline a child. A  parent must weigh their options very carefully, and always have an open an heartfelt conversation with the child in order to encourage understanding, respect and learning.

I love children, and not just when they are cute and loving, but also when they are bratty and annoying. Even when I get fed up with them and I just want to make them sit in a corner all day, I still love them. It is important that we as future parent and parents refrain from child abuse.

There is a fundamental difference between being strict and being wicked, and that is love. 

If you think children do not have active brain, they don’t think, or they forget things easily, you are wrong. Many of us can still remember what some people did to us during childhood. Oh well, I can.

Before you say hurtful words to that child, before you cheat that child, before you deny that child of his rights, before you starve that child, before you give that child a malicious look, a knock on the head, think twice.


I am sure my christian folks will come with ”spare the rod and spoil the child” bible verse. They feel that if they don’t spank, they will commit the sin of losing control of their children.

Children are also active thinkers and they hardly forget. A friend of mine who actually inspired me into writing this post asked if physical correction is subtly the foundation on which domestic violence is built upon. To a large extent I think so.

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF PHYSICAL CORRECTION IN A CHILD

1. Children aren’t encouraged to discuss issues with their parents; their attempts may be thwarted. No child wants to talk to their parent about something they did bad for the fear of been beaten or punished.

2. There may be decreased creativity, an increased risk of low self-esteem and stress levels as well as inflexible thinking; this is due to excessive pressure from their parents.

3. It increases aggressiveness and chance for depression leaving them with heavy hearts and troubled minds.

4. They replicate violence. A child who went through so much painful punishment may have a tendency to become violent to their peers and other people. They may even fight back authority.

5. They become prone to abuse. At the height of anger and frustration, a parent may cross the hairline difference between loving discipline and hateful discipline. The result is an abused child, and not a disciplined one.

Children who are victims or otherwise scarred by child abuse end up with deep seated issues that manifest in ways that are not even aware of, well into when they become adults. Girls who become women that grew up with child abuse are likely to fall into relationships with abusive men and men who are subjected to abuse end up inflicting the same on their families. And the vicious cycle needs to stop.

Children are to be corrected in love. Always remember that damage done to the psyche of a child often lasts a lifetime. At the end of the day, your job is to raise children into adults that contribute positively to society, as cheesy as that may sound, I believe it.

14 Comments

  • Ladies of Delight
    April 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Every parent should see this… I was at a store some days ago and I overhead a mother say "Idiot, you can never know anything " while disciplining the child. I felt really bad. Parents and future parents should avoid the habit of speaking negative words to their children…I'm an advocate of moderate beating too. Well-done Vickie

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  • Unknown
    April 19, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Vicky are you sure you won't start speaking in conferences like this ehn?? See as a nigerian child I have recieved severe beatings while growing up and I have feel tho my parents were trying to discipline me it was too much.. I for one don't support the using of belt or slippers or any other physical object to inflict pain on children for correction.. There are so many ways to discipline a kid and I mean so many in which using objects is not included..

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  • Ladies of Delight
    April 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Every parent should see this… I was at a store some days ago and I overhead a mother say "Idiot, you can never know anything " while disciplining the child. I felt really bad. Parents and future parents should avoid the habit of speaking negative words to their children…I'm an advocate of moderate beating too. Well-done Vickie

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  • Unknown
    April 19, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    If I start saying what's on my mind about this I don't think I'll stop tho..Truth is physical correction for me is not advisable I'll rather stick to other means of discipline.. Thanks so much for this post Vicky nice work..

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  • Lustre
    April 19, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Great and insightful post there, Toria.
    Disciplining a child requires a balance. It is not about hate but of love.
    I don't pray to nurture my children the way I was nurtured, although, it wasn't all that bad but some excesses and they've got some effects on growing up.
    That's why, if we, youths, don't want to become like our said African/Nigerian Parents, we have to practicing the parenting way in the lil way we can as we prepare for it fully, marriage.

    It is well.👌

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    April 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Hmmm its sad some parent don't understand the importance of positive confession on their children. Such child like you stated up there will feel he truly can't know anything. Thank you Tijesu for this.

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    April 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Hahahaha… If you invite me it won't be bad. But in the main time, I'll use this platform to reach as many as possible. Thank you so much Tolani, good to know we are on the same page.

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    April 19, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you dear😁

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    April 19, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    You're most welcome😍

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    April 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    You are very right Joshua. We have to practice the way of parenting in the little way we can as we prepare for it fully. Thank you Joshua. Its always nice to read from you😁

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  • Unknown
    May 9, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Really amazing and brilliant piece.

    But to be honest, I am not surprised. Your approach to issues are always spot on. That is why, I just feel, blogging is just a perfect fit for you.

    Well done. Keep the fire burning. You will surely go places.

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    May 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Wow, thank you Temitope. Glad to have you back on here.

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  • Victoria Oyedepo
    May 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm

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  • Unknown
    May 11, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I am glad to be back. I also went through all the blog posts I missed that are in my area of interest and I passed my comments/thoughts on some. Great stuff on this site!

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