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Would corporal punishment towards kids be paleo?

Asked on November 29, 2013
Created November 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hitting, slapping, causing physical pain to discipline a kid.

I can't imagine that in a harsh paleolithic world where you can't afford to build resentment or enemies, people would harm their own kids. I highly doubt there were "rebellious kids" back then either.

I assume that harming, killing, and threatening other human beings probably rose as populations grew larger and split into tribes. When numbers are large, faces become impersonal and you are threatened not by wild animals but each other. Meaning, there was a need to control a large group of people, and violence was an effective means of doing so. So corporal punishment, along with hierarchies, religion, and roles are probably a neolithic, post-agricultural thing.

When people mention burning their kids to 'teach them a lesson' or slapping a kid's face for saying an f-bomb, I don't think that's very natural.

I know this is all just guessing. What do you think, are there any actual literature or articles talking about this?

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