New Law : Dont smack your kids

Australia
January 29, 2007 3:39pm CST
What do you think about the new law they are trying to bring in about not smacking your children? I dont beleive children should be smacked hard or all the time, but sometimes they need a little flick to get them back in order.
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6 responses
• United States
29 Jan 07
I agree that children shouldnt be smacked or all of the time. There is alot of abuse going on these days. I dont see a problem though with spanking their little bottom every once in awhile when they get out of line. I use the grounding method. It seems to work pretty well and that way I don have to worry about getting into trouble about it.
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@misskatonic (3730)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I think it's ridiculous. We're foam padding and childproofing the entire world now, and it drives me nuts. A little smack on the bum isn't going to damage a kid. I was spanked when I was a kid, and I needed it. And I'm fine. Kids aren't really these fragile, delicate little flowers that so many parents try and make them out to be. Kids are hardy and resilient, both physically and emotionally.
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@Mecboy (1052)
• United States
4 Feb 07
YAY! if there was no smacking kids! wee We can go to the picnic without moms slapping kids and other families wanting to fight the mom! no more family fights! its true if other families see misstreating, they might get mad and talk.
• United States
4 Feb 07
I think this law is ridiculous! I have a 4 month old son. He's too little to be smacked but by the time he's 2 or 3, what are the laws going to be then? I think that as a parent, our rights are being taken right out from under us. I understand they are trying to keep those abusive parents from harming their children, but they are keeping the non-abusive parents from being able to discipline their children. Kids need structure in their life. They don't always need to be spanked, but sometimes circumstances call for it. For every action there is a consequence and/or reward. Same as adults. If we discipline our kids, we go to jail. So, the state is disciplining us. It just doesn't make sense. What bothers me the most is, if you do get caught smacking your kids, and do go to jail, your children are plucked from a wonderful caring home and sent to foster care? That's supposed to be better for them? It's scary to be under a microscope, especially when it's hard enough being a parent in the first place.
@Zebrochka (333)
• Brazil
3 Feb 07
I am afraid that this new law might create some confusion. Many people might not agree with me, but I believe, that there are many children that need to be smacked from time to time. It just depends on a person. This new law would just take another controling tool from the hands of the parents who are striving to raise up their kids in discipline.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
30 Jan 07
The more we continue to keep children in bubble wrap the less they are going to be prepared for the world. In this case not just with a spank but with other ways so many want to protect them. We need to let them be kids which means they have to fall down and get hurt, they need to get into trouble and find out there are consequences. Just sitting and talking to them all the time won't teach them much. How many of us adults learn in a straight lecture class? Goes in one ear and out the other doesn't it? Well that's how it is with kids. They need consequences. That might be a time out, grounding or on occassion a smack on the butt. They learn from those boundaries and know what they can and cannot do, remove those boundaries and you have kids going wild.