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    Doctors Warn Against Spanking Children

    In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says the controversial practice is ineffective and even harmful to children’s brain development. While also noting that fewer parents support spanking these days, the group said corporal punishment increases the risk of defiant and aggressive behavior, and results in outcomes “similar to those in children who experience physical abuse.” Instead, the AAP suggests parents pursue positive reinforcement, clear communication and consistent discipline. “There’s no benefit to spanking,” one of the authors says. “We can do better.”

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