Is It Wrong to Punish Your Kids? Pros and Cons of Positive and Non-violent Discipline of Children Act


Do you remember the last time you played on the street? The last time you built a kite from a newspaper? Or the last time you sang your heart out for a caroling venture? Sweet old days, right?


Childhood has a huge factor in a person’s personality. Our childhood experience can change our behavior and our beliefs as we grow old. That’s why most parents are very strict when it comes to their child because they want them to be good and obedient as much as possible.


If you’re a Filipino and you’re already on your 20s or above, perhaps you’re aware of how Filipino parents discipline their children. Back then, if you’re a disobedient kid, you probably met Ms. Hanger, Mr. Belt, and also Mrs. Broom. Yup, they were our nightmares before but look at us now? All thanks to them, we grew up as a responsible person.


Last week, people on social media were arguing about a news on banning corporal punishment against children. The Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act is an act prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment, humiliating and degrading treatment, appropriating funds therefor, and for other purposes.


Parents reacted as well as some teachers, different comments were posted on social media to share their thoughts about the said bill. If you’re a parent with young kids, how will this bill affect you in terms of raising your kids? So, what are the pros and cons of this new bill?



Pros of Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act

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It can decrease cases of child abuse. According to a study of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), most children experience violence where they should feel safest – in their own homes.


Physical violence (66.3%) and psychological violence (62.8%) are the most common forms of child abuse. Another finding is that 8 in 10 children experienced a form of abuse.


Sadly, some children are physically abused by their own parents while others suffer from emotional and psychological abuse which causes trauma as they get older. And unfortunately, some of these cases were never reported to the authorities and are never resolved.


Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act can also change parents’ way of disciplining their children. Instead of punishing their kids, parents can talk to them calmly to make them realize their wrongdoings. In that way, it can build a strong bond between parents and children.



Cons of Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act

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This bill can limit parents’ right to discipline their children. When we’re still young, we are not quite aware on what is wrong and what’s right, that’s why parents are there to guide us and make sure that we’re on the right path.


Parents may vary in their way of disciplining their kids but we all know that they have the same goal; to make sure that their children are humane, respectful and responsible.


Just like in the case of teachers, sometimes they also discipline us the way our parents do especially when we are stubborn at school.


As far as I could remember, teachers are very well respected by students and parents. Parents would understand why their child is being punished because it’s the teachers’ job to shape every student when they are at school. And let’s all admit it, we really learned a lot from those punishments.


Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act can give children the wrong ideas. Since they know that it’s illegal to punish them, parents and teachers will have a hard time to teach children to obey. Worst, it can push them to harm teachers and parents since they know that they are protected by the law.


Everyone has their own rights to express their opinion about this bill. But as far as I am concern, with or without this bill, people should always know their boundaries. Too much is bad, and that is completely and honestly true. Too much freedom can cause chaos and too much protection can take away our own rights.

Samantha Baluyot

Sam joined Remit this 2018. She is a Journalism graduate who loves to see the world in different point of views. Her goal in writing is to inspire her readers to have a better perspective and to live a meaningful life. She may look aloof but she’s a very friendly and a happy-go-lucky person.


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