Were you spanked as a kid? Did your parents use forms of corporal punishment? Mine did!
Let me tell you it did nothing for me!
I know, I know, "spare the rod spoil the child". But, "the rod" is actually what a shepherd uses to guide his sheep! We need to guide our children and teach them. When they get out into the world people aren't going to hit them when they do something wrong or run into a problem that needs to be solved, they will fix it through communication. We need to teach our children from a young age that communication is powerful. Parents have to keep calm (and we all know how hard that is!) because your child does hear what you say! They take things to heart, so if you yell or talk them down they are going to take note of your words and your manner of deliverance. It works best if you get down to your child's level, explain what they did right and what they did incorrectly, explain how it should be done very clearly, and let them resume what they were doing. If they do it again, tell them that you've already explained how it should actually work and ask them what you told them to do, if they answer incorrectly or don't know explain it again and then put them in a timeout and don't start the time until they are calm, if they answer correctly ask them why they didn't follow through then, after they answer place them in timeout and don't start the time until they are calm. If the action continues on revoke a privilege and explain they can have it back once their actions are proper.
The Bible tells us to treat others how we would want to be treated, that includes children! I would not want to be hit, I'd want to be taught.
We need to raise well disciplined but yet confident and happy children! Do not slack with the discipline even though it doesn't involve corporal punishment. Discipline actually means to teach, so through teaching our children they will become well disciplined. Discipline and punishment are two entirely different things!
Please share your thoughts and opinions! I love to hear other people's views!