Young Parents Are More Likely to Physically Punish or Assault their Children

by Laura Ramirez
(Reno, NV)

In an article published on Stuff.Co.Nz, researchers say that three out of four young parents (in New Zealand) are more likely to use corporeal punishment and strategies such as slapping, spanking, choking, burning, etc.) to discipline their children.

The study showed that those who came from a good family background (where there was little or no abuse), had fewer children in the home, and a sense of financial stability were less likely to hit their children. Essentially, the more challenges young parents face and the fewer resources they have available to help them cope, the more likely they are to abuse the little ones who depend on them for love and care.

(New Zealand has the third highest death rate of children dying at the hands of their parents.)

It saddens me that parents are still resorting to corporeal punishment because this becomes a torch that is passed from generation to generation. In my parenting book, Keepers of the Children, I teach parents how to overcome these tendencies and create a relationship with their children that is based on love and mutual respect. I also am a parenting coach for those who seek individualized help.

I wish more parents would recognize that hitting their children is abusive and reach out for help. I am available for those who are ready to make the changes that will ultimately benefit them, their children and generations to come.

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Dec 18, 2007
This isn't New Zealand
by: Anonymous

I guess I'm just a little frustrated with this article. I am a "young mom" who gets disturbing looks while shopping, going to restaurants, or even parks with my children. The last thing I need is more reason for others to look at me this way. Fine, this New Zealand study shows it happens more from young parents, but let's not point the finger in only one direction. Child abuse is a problem no matter the age, race, or financial status.

If there's a way to help parents to "overcome their tendencies" then great. I'm glad your effort will help others, but pointing the finger will not.

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