This post is a quick response to the above article featured in The Telegraph newspaper.
It led me to wondering what people’s actual opinions are about smacking children when they are naughty.
Isn’t there a difference in beating a child senseless and a light tap on the hand or bottom???
Does smacking a child always mean they will be physiologically disturbed when they grow up???
Or do they become violent adults????
Is it possible to fully reason with a 5 year old?? Explaining to them that their behaviour is wrong, and asking them why they engaged in such behaviour????
Is it the states responsibility to intervene, and create laws forbidding parents to discipline their children as they see fit????
Has this all gone too far – admit you smack your child and face the wrath of Hell????
After all – extreme cases of abuse and diabolical stories of children suffering go unnoticed by the powers that be. They don’t intervene , they don’t arrest anyone, they don’t remove the child, they don’t work to change the child’s environment. So, why are they so concerned with one tiny tap on the hand???
Are the powers that be only interested in the ‘easy’ targets???? Accusing parents who genuinely care for and love their children of abuse, when really it isn’t?????????
Another thought; has a decline in smacking correlated with the decline in society????????????????