To impart knowledge and competence — to instruct – is what the word discipline signifies. It is, however, frequently associated with punishment and control. There is a lot of debate about how to discipline children properly, and parents are frequently confused about how to set limits and teach their children self-control.
There is a lot of disagreement in the medical and secular literature about the short- and long-term impacts of various disciplinary tactics, including the use of disciplinary spanking. This statement examines the challenges surrounding child discipline and provides physicians with practical advice for counseling parents on successful discipline.
Physicians should take an anticipatory approach to discipline, according to the Canadian Pediatric Society, which includes asking questions about strategies employed at home. Physicians should actively educate parents regarding discipline, and spanking should be severely discouraged.