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Smacking is a very personal issue for a parent. It depends very much on what you believe and more importantly, how you were disciplined as a child.

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Smacking is a very personal issue for a parent. It depends very much on what you believe and more importantly, how you were disciplined as a child. I was smacked as a child, more because my parents were concerned for my safety rather than whether I'd misbehaved or not. After all, children may not understand what they have done is wrong or dangerous but they will always understand a twinge of pain. When it comes to bringing up children, everyone wants to give their three pence worth which maybe useful, but no one has to live with your children 24/7 like a parent does. It's defiantly wrong when people are judgemental about a parents' methods of discipline when they see a parent/child incident in a public place. They have no idea what has gone on before the incident they are witness to, and the 'ins and outs' of living with that individual child. Smacking to a certain extent comes down to the age of the child, and as mentioned earlier very young children may do something wrong or dangerous but they are too young to have the situation explained to them but a little tingly pain they do understand. ...read more.

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If this is how Mummy and Daddy are all of the time then when their mood is suddenly different i.e. angry or upset the child is more likely to realise they have done something wrong. Where as if Mummy shouts and screams all the time they will just get used to it and have no respect for her discipline. Children normally want praise from their parents and for them to be proud of them, they will be saddened if they feel they have done something that will change Mummy and Daddy's view. I do believe, that the behaviour and discipline a parent has themselves reflects onto the child. A parent using bad language can not then turn round when their child starts using obscenities telling them its wrong and try discipline them. Smoking in front of children has the same effect, 7 out of 10 teenagers who smoke have parents who smoke as well, so don't blame them, blame yourself. Children are a lot smarter than adults give them credit for and nearly always a lot more logical, so discussing the need for rules guidelines and discipline isn't beyond their understanding. ...read more.

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We hear many cases in the papers, on the news of the most disgusting, disturbing cases of child abuse, this makes my blood boil just thinking about it. These situations are more openly discussed and published compared with just fifteen years ago, leading us to believe the abuse is getting more common hence talk of new laws against parents smacking. I still believe these bullies are a small minority and parents should be able to make their own decisions as to how to bring up their children. We also read and hear about how some youngsters use their spare time, joyriding, stealing, carrying knifes, beating up old people, who's to say if these children had some more serious discipline when they were younger and not let get away with blue murder that they wouldn't have grown up with more respect for people and their belongings. So to conclude I say that smacking is for the individual parent to decide upon but is only effective when used in moderation. If used all the time, the children loose all their respect for discipline and will do what they want. The complete opposite to what you want to achieve as a parent. ...read more.

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