Dove's Nest Holds SpankOut Day Training

Does spanking teach children good behavior? If done correctly, it can be an effective form of discipline, right? And it’s not harmful?

Wrong to all three.

Contrary to what many believe or want to believe, punishment does not teach right behavior nor does it build relationship with us as parents. “Punishment” isn’t as effective as “discipline.” 

An April 2016 study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that the more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased antisocial behavior, aggression, mental health problems, and cognitive difficulties. This study evaluated over 160,000 children over five decades. 

This new information on spanking was part of a Dove’s Nest’s presentation on May 11 to a local MOMS Club at Southwood Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

The positive parenting presentation showcased the ineffectiveness of corporal punishment, explained the difference between punishment and discipline, and provided helpful tips for age-appropriate, positive discipline techniques for infants, toddlers, elementary-aged kids, and teens.

Dove’s Nest believes that part of protecting children is educating parents about child development and positive discipline.

“Discipline helps reinforce parenting bonds while teaching self-control, right behavior, and independence,” said Dove’s Nest’s speaker, Kathy Haake (in photo). “It is an effective tool for raising our kids to be caring, responsible, and self-disciplined adults. And isn’t that what we all want?” 

Support for this training was provided by a SpankOut Day Mini-Grant from the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. According to Gundersen, SpankOut Day USA was initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote nonviolent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior.