Parenting Without Spanking

Parenting Without Spanking June 23, 2017

“Take my hand” by Stephan Hochhaus. Used according to Creative Commons license.
“Take my hand” by Stephan Hochhaus. Used according to Creative Commons license.

In two recent posts, I took issue with the practice of corporal punishment against children. First, I said it’s high time that the church starts talking openly about physical punishment if we’re going to get serious about ending child abuse. And second, I argued that corporal punishment is inherently violent and violence against children is never okay. In this third post I want to offer resources to parents who are interested in pursuing alternatives to corporal punishment.


General parenting articles:

Raising Well-Behaved Kids: What Parents Should Know

Twelve Alternatives to Lashing out at Your Child

Help for Behavior Problems of School-Aged Children (Without Spanking)

Healing Yourself So You Can Be a More Peaceful Parent

How to Handle Your Anger at Your Child

10 Tips To Help Your Child With Anger

12 Steps to Gentle Parenting


Articles on alternatives to spanking:

How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

9 Things to Do Instead of Spanking

Top 10 Ways to Discipline without Spanking

What to do instead of spanking: alternatives to physical discipline

What To Do Instead Of Punishment And Reward

Twenty Alternatives to Punishment

22 Alternatives to Punishment

Instead of Spanking Try This!

Educate, Don’t Punish!


Articles on specific parenting issues:

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child

Becoming a Peaceful Leader for Your Strong-Willed Child

Common Toddler Discipline Mistakes

When Things Get Physical: Hitting, Throwing, Kicking, and Biting

3 Tools to Stop the Hitting


Articles on Proverbs and “The Rod”:

Spare the Rod: The Heart of the Matter

10 Reasons Not to Hit Your Child

Thy Rod And Thy Staff They Comfort Me



Gundersen Center for Effective Discipline

Aha! Parenting

Janet Lansbury: Elevating Child Care

Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting

Stop Spanking

Parenting Beyond Punishment



Jesus, the Gentle Parent

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence


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