Six kids in the park. Football fans like me have undoubtedly heard about the indictment of Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges for striking his four-year-old son with a thin tree branch. The case has further ignited intense debates about the use of corporal punishment. While many of us may recoil at pictures and wonder how an adult could inflict physical harm on a child, views of corporal punishment are not uniform. They have changed over time and vary by racial group. Take American attitudes about spanking over the past 50 years.
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Is it OK to hit your kids to punish them? When does it become abuse? - CNA
Just over a week ago a Malaysian husband and wife were jailed by a Swedish court for smacking and caning their children. The case, which began with their arrest in December, has led some Malaysians to wonder whether they rely too much on corporal punishment. Her words prompted "looks of confusion and shock" in court, according to Malaysian newspaper The Star. The youngest son of the couple in the dock, seven-year-old Arif, had earlier been seen in a video recording saying that his father had pinched him on the arms, while his mother had hit him with a coat hanger and a "stick with a knot at the end". In fact, Malaysian tourism and culture minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz used almost the same words as the prosecutor when, in January, he urged the Swedish authorities to show leniency. Each country has its own culture and its own ways of bringing up children, he added. These contrasting attitudes also came into sharp focus when the second of the couple's four children, Ammar, estimated that he was beaten more than 1, times per year, for such things as playing loud music instead of doing homework, fighting with his sister, or misbehaving when he was meant to be reading the Koran with his mother.
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He made a slicing hand gesture. The habit can easily slip into abuse, scholars say. Figures on child abuse are scarce, reflecting a lack of government and social engagement with the problem, several specialists said.
We are in China, a place where parents have the legal right to spank their children! Without any hesitation, his father kicked him, shouting, 'Remember now you are not in New Zealand! No police gonna stop me from beating you! They see parent-child relationships as almost equal and thus have no right to beat their offspring. Instead, love, patience and understanding are utilized when a child behaves badly.