Leg­is­la­tion to ban smack­ing chil­dren in Scot­land looks cer­tain to pass. Do you think smack­ing is ac­cept­able?

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - OPINION -

“I do be­lieve that a mild smack is ac­cept­able when I child is dis­obe­di­ent, es­pe­cially if their be­hav­iour is po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous. A small child can­not be rea­soned with and must be dis­suaded from bad be­hav­iour. To many chil­dren now are com­pletely out of con­trol due to the lack of de­ter­rents.” Liz Kelly, Glas­gow

“There are other ways par­ents can stop chil­dren mis­be­hav­ing – talk­ing to them or ban­ning TV and in­ter­net or stop­ping pocket money and sweets.” Judi Martin, Aberdeen­shire

“It is the ONLY way that dis­ci­pline is in­stalled. The trou­ble with this UK is that no one dis­ci­plines chil­dren any­more. Bring back Na­tional Ser­vice for girls as well as boys. That will change the way peo­ple be­have.” Dave Hillerby, Durham

“It will be un­en­force­able be­cause it nor­mally hap­pens within the con­fines of the house. If a mother is ac­cused of smack­ing a child and she de­nies it will a five-year-old be re­quired to give ev­i­dence in court? This badly thought out bill should be scrapped.” Ron­ald James, Angus

“It can never be right to hit a de­fence­less child. What kind of ex­am­ple does it show that you can im­pose your will by hit­ting some­one smaller or weaker than your­self?” Stephen Calder, Peter­head

“Although I did smack my own chil­dren, as a grand­par­ent my thoughts on the mat­ter have changed and I think there are other ways of pun­ish­ing chil­dren. A ban would make peo­ple think about how to chas­tise a child.” Margaret Gibb, Fife

“If par­ents can’t smack kids do they have to shout at them? I be­lieve shout­ing has a greater ef­fect on a child’s per­son­al­ity than smack­ing.” James Brown, Whit­burn

Smack­ing set to be banned in Scot­land

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