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Study: Spare the Rod for Smarter Kids

September 28, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's more evidence in a a new study that sparing the rod makes for smarter kids. The University of New Hampshire research, conducted on hundreds of children nationwide, has discovered that kids who are spanked have lower IQ scores than children who are disciplined by other means. The study showed that the two- to four-year-olds who were paddled scored five points lower on the IQ test than those not spanked.

Lysa Parker with the organization Attachment Parenting International says it proves once again that spanking doesn't work.

"It harms children in the long run; it might curb their behavior in the short term, but in the long run you are not developing their inner discipline."

Parker says many of today's parents had been spanked as children and don't know that there are other options.

"We need to look at the world through their eyes and understand that they really don't understand as much as we think they do, and we also to use these as opportunities to teach compassion and empathy."

Parker says the approach of Attachment Parenting approach gives parents more resources and helps them learn to understand their child through a process that provides on-going support, rather than just paddling them.

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Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN