THE BRONX - While a Long Island court has ruled that open-handed spanking can be an appropriate way to discipline a child, News 12 The Bronx met with a clinical social worker for more on how corporal punishment affects a child on an emotional level.
Lorna Hayim-Baker works with children ranging from toddlers to teens, as well as parents. She says while courts ruled that spanking is legal and deemed a reasonable use of force, it may cause deeper issues with a child long-term.
"Spanking or putting your child on time out will make them feel shame," said Baker.
Baker says that from a social work perspective, the best way to teach a child is through positive discipline. She encourages communication and talking about what happened if a child behaves badly. Baker says when the event is over, a parent should reassure their child that they are loved unconditionally.