How Parents Needlessly Lower Their Children’s IQ Without Knowing
Children who were spanked in childhood have lower IQs, a study finds.
The more children were spanked, the lower their IQ, the research also found.
The results of this study come from research that followed 704 children from the ages of 2 – 4 until they were 5 – 9 years-old.
The IQ of children who were not spanked between 2 and 4 years old was 5 points higher when tested four years later than those who were spanked.
The probable reason is that spanking is highly stressful for children.
It can leave them with post-traumatic stress disorder.
And an ongoing fear of terrible things happening which makes them easily startled (Being easily startled has been linked to a lower IQ).
Parents who continue to use corporal punishment into their kids teenage years may hamper their children’s brain development even more.
Professor Murray Straus, the study’s first author, said:
“All parents want smart children.
This research shows that avoiding spanking and correcting misbehavior in other ways can help that happen”.
So there you have it.. The more you spank your child, the slower the development of the child’s mental ability.
So if you want your child to grow up a smart kid, avoid spanking him/her. It will help your kid in the long run…
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