Let par­ents be par­ents

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - J L McKE­OWN Kauka­pakapa

“She wants to busy her­self with what goes on in the homes of the na­tion in ar­eas which fam­i­lies re­gard as their own re­spon­si­bil­ity and I think she’s go­ing over a dan­ger­ous line,” was He­len Clark’s warn­ing about Jenny Ship­ley be­fore the 1999 elec­tion.

Labour’s polling for­tunes changed – and haven’t re­cov­ered – when they crossed the “dan­ger­ous line” with pass­ing the anti-smack­ing bill. New Zealan­ders have a his­tory of stand­ing for per­sonal free­dom and democ­racy and will not for­get that the gov­ern­ment passed the anti-smack­ing bill in the face of 80 to 90 per­cent voter op­po­si­tion.

This was not democ­racy work­ing.

Peo­ple are not pre­pared to lose free­dom to make de­ci­sions on what is most pre­cious to them – their chil­dren. Par­ents, not gov­ern­ment, love and care deeply about what is best for each child’s per­sonal growth and de­vel­op­ment.

Par­ents, not gov­ern­ment, make count­less lit­tle and big per­sonal sac­ri­fices for their chil­dren. When fam­i­lies are do­ing a good job rais­ing chil­dren who are grow­ing up happy, healthy, well-bal­anced and re­spon­si­ble the gov­ern­ment should be cheer­ing them on and not stick­ing its nose in. Gov­ern­ment please butt out.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.