New study recommends parents not to spank child as a disciplinary measure

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- Some parents spank their child as a disciplinary matter, but a new
report is recommending parents to use healthy forms of discipline rather then spanking.

A new study is encouraging parents to avoid physical punishment and verbal abuse to their kids.

"From what I've been told and from what works for me is the minimal amount of force possible to help correct the situation," says John Merck, Dad of 3.

The report recommends them to use positive reinforcement or appropriate behaviors, setting limits, and setting expectations.

This is because corporal punishment increases the risk of negative behavioral, cognitive, and emotional outcomes.

"I tend to be more friendly with my kids and try to use ways to either direct their thinking from what they want to what do I want," says Mohamed Ahmed, Dad of 2.

But Ahmed says sometimes spanking is okay, but most the time it's bad because.

"You might scare the kids or you might force the kid to do what you want. But, is that a good idea? Is that going to go inside? I don't think so," says Ahmed.

Doctors say spanking does not improve behavior over the long run and may cause more aggressive behaviors.

The study says only 6% of pediatricians in the U.S. have positive attitudes toward spanking.

Sanford Health recommends parents go to sanfordhealth.org to get more information on ways you should discipline your children without spanking them.