Children can often misbehave and drive parents crazy. Agitated, the parent may feel tempted to use corporal punishment to discipline the child. However, as of the results of 88 studies indicate, there are unintended consequences when parents attempt to control children through force. In the long-term, children can develop “depression and engage in aggressive behavior in adulthood”.
Rather than risk the many short and long-term side effects that come with spanking, there are many alternative solutions that will help the child choose to behave better. Time-outs, loss of privileges, and verbal reasoning are among several healthier techniques to achieve better behavior. The idea of giving the child established consequences helps the child decide for himself whether the consequence is worth the action. This directly relates to the IMT concepts people having no ability to control or influence another person. Any attempts to control result in serious, but often unseen, consequences.