Patients and Families

Hitting Hurts!

Hitting children hurts, and it makes kids and parents feel bad. Parents don’t like to lose control, and it feels bad to hurt someone you love.

What Happens When You Hit Your Children:

  • Children become afraid of you.
  • Children want to hit back instead of behaving better.
  • Children do not learn how to control themselves.
  • Children do not learn how you want them to behave.
  • Children learn that “might is right.” They learn to hit others to get what they want.
  • Children learn to stay away from you when they do things you don’t like.
  • Kids feel bad about themselves.
  • Children think that hitting someone you love is OK. (Some parents say, “I’m only doing this because I love you.”)
  • Hitting becomes a habit for parents who don't know what else to do.
  • Children get used to being hit, so parents hit them harder.
  • It hurts the parent-child relationship.
Last Update
September 11, 2008
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Last Update
September 11, 2008
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