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[*] Post 509744 posted on 20-10-2017 at 13:59 Reply With Quote
Smacking children

Scotland is about to ban the smacking of children by their parents. My father at lunch asked me my opinion earlier and I waxed lyrical about how I had never hit my daughter and didn't believe that any child should be hit. He took me aback when he said that they had never hit me. Now, I was regularly smacked by my mother so either she did it but didn't tell him or his memory of events is fading.

Do you think parents should be able to physically chastise their children?
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[*] Post 509745 posted on 20-10-2017 at 14:32 Reply With Quote

Not as a general rule. I was smacked and I have lightly smacked ours when they did something dangerous or frightening for us.

I think there are boundaries but not everyone knows where they are. But then we had two boys who were adventurous and prone to push the envelope. I don't know to be honest. But I'm not sure about making any physical discipline illegal.
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[*] Post 509746 posted on 20-10-2017 at 14:37 Reply With Quote

I'm torn.

Arguing *against* the ban is, in effect saying "But I wanna hit children" and nobody wants to be that guy.

But it's more complicated than that and always will be.

I can report not one single emotional scar from having been smacked as a kid and I resent the implications by some who would argue against the ban that the act is inherently abusive.

But it's so open to abuse that it's impossible to know exactly where to draw the line.
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