Parents should avoid spanking their children, advises pediatricians

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Parents disciplining their children should avoid spanking, that’s according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Among the methods not advised: spanking, slapping, insulting and shaming.

Instead, the group advises mothers and fathers to use what it calls “healthy forms of discipline.”

Those include giving positive reinforcement, setting expectations and limits.

This statement is an update of guidance from 1998 that also called for non-physical responses to undesired behavior.

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