Depending on where you live in the United States, spankings and other types of aversionary discipline, such as yelling or shaming, may be fairly common. In other areas, punishments like this are on the decline, which is a good thing. For about two decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged parents to use caution when disciplining their kids with these types of punishment tactics – especially spanking. Recently, the organization updated its recommendation: Don’t spank your kids. Ever.
Depression can be a harmful and dangerous illness to deal with – especially for kids and teens. Between 2007 and 2015, the suicide rate in teen girls doubled, reaching its highest point in more than 40 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. This is part of the reason the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines to recommend that kids be screened annually for depression beginning at age 12.