Any aggressive behavior by a parent on a child might be misunderstood by a child as something that is okay to do to others.
6. Spanking teaches aggressive behavior. Kids who are spanked learn to handle some problems by hitting or threatening to hit. Others find that their parents are too big to get even with, so they take it out on other kids. Source: ActiveParenting.com
Toddlers are very impressionable. They tend to copy other people’s actions without fully comprehending the reasons for such actions.
According to parenting expert Dr. Michael Popkin:
“We have to teach children that violence is only OK as a measure of restrained self-defense and never a way to “punish” others for misbehavior.”
By doing so, young children will learn to understand that it is not okay to hit others to resolve conflicts.
Sure, spanking might solve the issue with the child at that particular time. However, a child’s feelings of resentment may lead to more misbehaving just to spite a parent to get even.