A spanking, it turns out,
quiets more than a child's behavior. New research shows it can have a long-term effect on quieting their words.
Despite the fact that past studies have shown that spanking is associated
with more agression when the child gets older, parents still resort to it.
Now researchers at Columbia University found
that spanking of pre-school children is linked to another problem: lower vocabulary scores.
a study of almost 2000 families across the US, they found that about
half of the parents used spankings to discipline their toddlers.
Checking back in when the children were 9, the kids who were spanked
scored lower on word tests. Half of mothers said they spanked their
child at age 5, one third of fathers also said they spanked their
There are other options to discipline a child. Try a
time-out for the child - and for you. If you find yourself frustrated,
pediatricians are there to help.