"Explaining why a behavior is wrong is the most common form of discipline used across countries," one expert says
Here's where spanking and other forms of corporal punishment in the home are illegal
Most parents know the proverb, “spare the rod, spoil the child.”
But in recent years, many have debated whether to practice physical discipline, such as spanking or smacking, in their own homes. To spank or not to spank has become a highly contentious issue.
Many experts have advised against using physical discipline to teach kids lessons. Others argue that the uproar surrounding spanking has been overblown.
Though there is no clear definition of “spanking” in the scientific literature, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the act as “to strike especially on the buttocks with the open hand.”
In some countries, such discipline could land a parent in jail.
Around the world, close to 300 million children aged 2 to 4 receive some type of physical discipline from their parents or caregivers on a regular basis, according to a UNICEF report published in November.
That discipline includes spanking, shaking or hitting the hands or other body parts with an instrument, said Claudia Cappa, a statistics and monitoring specialist at UNICEF and an author of the report.
Overall, simply “explaining why a behavior is wrong is the most common for