Parents Should Not Spank Their Child

Parents Should Not Spank Their Child

General Purpose: To persuade parents to avoid spanking their children

Specific purpose: To convince the parents that physical punishment is not the right way of educating children.

Thematic Statement: Parents should learn to use better methods in educating their children without having to spank them. The costs of spanking is above the positive effect that children portray after spanking. Children need to understand that good behavior cannot be made through spanking (Gershoff & Grogan, 2016).

  1. Introduction: Hi my name is Right and am going to talk to you about the reasons why parents should not use spanking when educating their children. I will offer three support reason why parents should avoid spanking their children.
  2. Attention: Audience connect/ credibility: for many years spankings have been considered as the best way to discipline children by their parents. In reality, spanking is a punishment done on children to cause pain. Using hand on children, making use of a belt to beat the butt and smacking a child’s mouth is considered as a spanking (Gershoff & Grogan, 2016). It can be linked to violence since violence gets viewed as a physical action that is taken to cause pain on another person.
  3. Thematic Statement: spanking is violence and parents should avoid using it as a means of educating their children and instead adopt other means of disciplining kids when they go wrong.
  4. Body: Parents need to avoid using spanking children as a way of disciplining them and instead be more diligent on better means of educating children.
  5. Main Point: Spanking can risk things getting out of hand as a result of anger. Parents often find themselves having acted beyond their expectations.
  6. Support material: when spanking our children anger may control our mind making us hit kids beyond our expectations. In other instances, a parent may have been upset by other things like a bad day at work or being hurt by a friend (Gershoff & Grogan, 2016). The anger may be taken to the children thinking it is disciplining.
  7. Support material: besides, hitting our children often may make use get used to using more force and things may change from spanking to beating.
  8. Support material: In other instances, if a child misbehaves in front of other people then a parent may act through anger making people take him/her as a child abuser.

(Transaction/ signpost): Now that we know spanking can get out of hand then the act should be stopped.

  1. Main point: Spanking can teach children the wrong lesson in life and changing the view may not bear fruits.
  2. Support material: Hitting a child while young is right but once the kid is old then he/she starts wondering why only children are hit but not old people. It may require the parent to explain the difference between removing anger and hitting to correct wrong behavior.
  3. Support material: Parents have the role of teaching kids the difference between right and wrong. Children may fail to understand that doing wrong is not necessarily to avoid punishment but rather for morality purposes (Gershoff, 2013).


  1. Support material: kids will learn the wrong lesson in life that they can behave anyhow as long as they are not caught. Spanking makes children do wrong when they are sure their parents would see them.


( Transaction/ signpost): Spanking should be avoided since it makes children learn wrong lessons in life.

  1. Main point: Spanking teaches children that hitting young people is right
  2. Support material: kids may change to start fighting the parents once they think they are big and old enough.
  3. Support material: Spanking makes children believe that the strong have the right to fight the weak and this may cause violence in life.
  4. Support material: Kids also learn that the old have the right to decide what is wrong and right. Kids grow with the belief, and this causes violence in life.
  5. Conclusion: In conclusion, parents should stop spanking children as a way of educating them. Spanking makes children learn wrong lessons in life, makes children believe hitting young once in life and that it can get out of hand.





Gershoff, E. T. (2013). Spanking and child development: We know enough now to stop hitting our children. Child development perspectives7(3), 133-137.

Gershoff, E. T., & Grogan-Kaylor, A. (2016). Spanking and child outcomes: old controversies and new meta-analyses. Journal of family psychology30(4), 453.