Smacking Children - Why It is Not the Answer
By Yvette Vignando - 23rd December 2010
On 10 December 2010 the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth released a statement called Smacking is Not the Answer. The media release is supported by UNICEF, The Australian Childhood Foundation, The Benevolent Society, Good Beginnings Australia, Pinky McKay and Families Australia. It's worth a read.
Robin Grille, who wrote Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart to Heart Parenting is also quoted in the release as saying "I fully support the position taken by ARACY on the subject of corporal punishment of children. As a psychologist, researcher and parent educator I am aware that the bulk of evidence from international research warns of a range of long term risks to child wellbeing associated with corporal punishment of any kind. At best, corporal punishment has failed tests of effectiveness in delivering any lessons on ethical behaviour, and there are ample more effective options for parents, teachers and carers.”
Here's a link to the release - Smacking is Not the Answer
What are your views on this?
Simply put, my view is that parents should not smack kids. However, I have smacked my kids a small number of times many years ago; I was wrong and I did it out of frustration. I am sure no long term harm was done but that's because I stopped, in my opinion.