Smacking Children

September 23, 2006 7:57pm CST
Do you think it is ok to smack children or do you think it is a form of abuse? What do you think of the new law they are thinking of bringing in in England making it unlawful to smack your child?
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15 responses
• United States
25 Sep 06
I think the job dicilpine has been just about taken away from parents. They are afraid to punish their child because of the concequences that they may face. That is why parents have started to lose control of their kids.
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@wonderer (58)
• India
22 Dec 06
It is a hundred percent abuse of the childs innocence, his inability to hit u back and a testimony to the fact that we all have a devil hidden inside us. Children are like small pieces of clay and it is upto us the adults to mould them in whatever way possible. we have to also remember certain facts about children like (1) Children are highly emotional. Physical harm caused by hitting a child may probably be cured after sometime, but the emotional damage which u cause is irrepairable. Children either beome aloof and withdrawn or they turn into rebals who try to take their revange on the entire society in future. (2) A child will get his lesson straight if parents simply stop talking to him for one day. (3) Most of us listen to and tolerate our bosses, our husbands, our wives, the neighbourhood bully and so on and so forth. But we tend to hit our children, thats probably due to the fact that they cant hit us back. So, in my opinion smacking a child is one of the worst form of human rights abuse.
@rituja (217)
• India
21 Dec 06
I think that is not right to smack them. Do not know about laws, but they are not good for them.
@pumpkinjam (5800)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 06
I think it's ridiculous to bring in such a law. It's already hard enough to discipline kids without someone interfering. Those who are going to abuse children and really hurt them aren't going to take notice of this law anyway. All this law will do is punish decent parents who use smacking as a fair punishment as a form of discipline.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
25 Sep 06
Donot you think with love and affection we can make the children to listen to us? I do not remember either myself or my wife smack our son. My be at times they are mischievous. You have to allow them to be mischievous. If they cannot, can we be?
@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
25 Sep 06
I think it is not the best option. The worst thing I ever saw was when I worked in a toy store. A mother witnesed her son hit his brother she grabed him smacked him on the but and yelled at him don't hit your brother. I think that gives the worst possible message. I mean We teach children to work things out without hitting but we hit them to teach a lesson. There are many other options. As a teacher I have to control a class of 12 2 years olds and I do not have to option of smacking and the children are very well behaved. It is all about consitancy, time outs, talks, and tough love.
@kstanley7 (1172)
24 Sep 06
I just punish my kids by taking away their privelidges and sending them to the corner, I do agree to an extent of smacking a child on the hand, but never smacking a child in public, that just makes people wonder about what goes on inside your household.
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
24 Sep 06
A smack or slap every now and then is not abuse, when a cild is rude or says something inappropriate, they deserve a smack, I sure they won't say it again. But it should not be done on a regular basis at all.
@Deja88 (113)
• United States
24 Sep 06
Theres a difference in spanking and smacking. A huge difference. I think its okay to spank but smacking is a different story...I think its great that they're thinking about bringing that law to England. To me its a form of abuse. Nobody should be abused.
• United States
24 Sep 06
I believe control smacking as a form of dicipline but if you smack a child when you are irritated or mad at the child, I believe that can lead to child abuse. As long as you control how hard and how many times for dicipline, I think it better than so called "time out in the corner" I dont live in England but I like to hear the result when you find out about the new law.
• United States
24 Sep 06
i dont think that spanking your child is wrong, it is not abuse to give them a spanking when they need it and i think that it is bull crap to try to make a law that you can not disiplin your own child. sometimes time outs and things dont work with certian kids and they need a smack on the butt, who do they think that they are telling you it is abuse
@tomnjerry (103)
• Japan
24 Sep 06
Spare the rod and spoil the child. Spoil the rod and spare the child. I dont believe in smacking children always for even the smallest mistakes they do. But then, when my son goes beyond his margins, I spank him, not because i am angry but because I want him to grow up to be a good nice man.
• Australia
24 Sep 06
the youth of today are so screwed because of a lack of discipline. morals, respect for elders..... what happend?
@Tx_Wahm (69)
• Dallas, Pennsylvania
24 Sep 06
I persoanlly do agree with smacking your kids around but I know and ahve seen many do it and I think that is it usually out of anger or frustration and I don't agree with that.
@My2Cents (291)
• Canada
24 Sep 06
wHEREAS i BELIEVE SPANKING YOUR CHILD CAN BE AN APPROPRIATE FORM OF DISCIPLINE (AND i DO PRACTICE IT IN MY HOME), i ALSO BELIEVE THAT IT IS TOO WIDELY USED AND ABUSED IN many families. I believe when you spank out of anger, it is wrong and unjustified. not saying I have not made that mistake before, yet I do believe that spanking should be a last resort and does not work on every child. (sorry about the CAPS, did not realize it was on until I was half way through )