The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against spanking children — ever.
It has come out with a formal policy statement recommending that pediatricians advise parents against the use of any form of corporal punishment either in anger or as punishment for misbehaviour.
Studies have shown that spanking is ineffective.
Repeated use of corporal punishment can lead to aggressive behaviour and negative parent-child relationships.
It has been associated with increased aggression in school and increased risk of mental health disorders.
Since 1989, the U-N Convention on Rights of the Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that parents develop other methods to address behaviour.