Science says: THIS is the reason behind your child's aggressive behaviour!

Child psychologists around the world advise that children should be dealt with gently and any display of uncontrolled behaviour has the effect of further making them feel victimized.

We have all been in that discomforting spot where you lose your cool and think that the only way to tame your misbehaving child is by spanking them.

Many-a-times, though parents end up regretting their spur-of-the-moment spanking. However, a new Australian clinical study proves beyond doubt that smacking leads to aggressive behaviour in kids and negatively impacts a child's psychology.

The reason behind your child's aggressive behaviour

The research which was conducted on a large group of 160,000 children in Australia was recently published in the Journal of Family Psychology. The study warned the parents that spanking has the negative effect of what parents usually want to do.

The study said that children who are spanked more than twice a month were 50 percent more likely to show aggressive behaviour.

This attitude in kids translated into bullying, showing mean behaviour and destroying toys and property. The study was conducted by researchers at Tulane University in Australia on children who were three-year-old and whose mothers spanked them more than twice a month.

What constitutes smacking?

The study also defined smacking as any open-handed hit on the arms, legs or backside. The study confirms that smacking sends a negative message to kids and leads to aggression.

Various other studies conducted globally too have pointed out that smacking does little to teach any valuable lessons to kids. But despite this, many parents in India as well as abroad resort to spanking as means to control their child.

Child psychologists around the world advise that children should be dealt with gently and any display of uncontrolled behaviour has the effect of further making them feel victimized.

How to control kids without smacking

1.Give them ultimatums: Instead of spanking your child about a repeat offense try a different strategy of taking away their privileges. Wan your kid that if they do not listen to you they will be losing their TV or play time for the day.

2.Be firm but gentle: Being gentle does not mean that you will give in to every demand that your child makes. Explain to them that certain things are no-go territory and they cannot have their say always. Be polite but clear about your household rules.

3.Timeouts: You may try a short time-out if your child does not learn how to control their behaviour. It is better to explain them beforehand that if they repeat a behaviour, next time papa or mama will leave them alone for some time to settle their mood and behave normally.

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