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In response to new research exploring the controversial practice of spanking, MassGeneral Hospital for Children physicians Peter Greenspan, MD, and Raymond Levy, PsyD, share their stance and offer advice to parents on how to discipline kids without the use of violence.

Rethinking Spanking

24/Jul/2012

Being a parent is hard work, especially when kids misbehave. As tempers rise, some parents may reach a boiling point and choose spanking, a now taboo practice that was commonplace generations ago. In light of new research, MassGeneral Hospital for Children physicians Peter Greenspan, MD, and Raymond Levy, PsyD, share their stance and offer practical tips for parents on how to discipline kids without violence. In the video, they refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has also come out against the use of spanking and released a report proving physical punishment may lead to adult mental illness.

Some kids may require a different approach; children who are neurologically wired to be more explosive than others can find guidance through Think: Kids, a program in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. This program, under the direction of Stuart Ablon, PhD, teaches a collaborative problem solving method with parents and children who have behavioral challenges.