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A new re­port has re­vealed that chil­dren who are smacked by their par­ents are more likely to de­velop ag­gres­sive be­hav­iours, and are at greater risk of de­vel­op­ing men­tal health dis­or­ders. I was smacked for any­thing I did wrong. I’ve never been in trou­ble and worked all my life. I re­spected my par­ents and why they did it.

Jimmy Mc­crud­den

Al­ter­na­tively, some of us who were smacked grew up and got good jobs, make good money, and know re­spect.

Liam An­der­son Here we go with the “it didn’t do me any harm” and “kids th­ese days”. I am sorry but trite id­i­otic com­ments like that just don’t stack up against the ac­tual science and data from loads of long term stud­ies and analy­ses into this sub­ject – it’s not ef­fec­tive at best and not good for kids. It’s a fact. Just be­cause some­thing isn’t al­ways dis­as­trous doesn’t make it good, and smack­ing your kids doesn’t make you a bad par­ent but other meth­ods are more ef­fec­tive and not so morally bizarre. Nowhere else in so­ci­ety is it seen as ap­pro­pri­ate to hit peo­ple but it’s some­how OK to hit the small­est and least pow­er­ful?

Val An­der­son

Lit­er­ally every kid of my gen­er­a­tion was smacked. Lit­er­ally every per­son I grew up with had a smack and oddly enough we all had and still have re­spect for our el­ders. Yet to­day’s non­s­macked gen­er­a­tions have a mas­sive drop in re­spect.

Gor­don Mc­court

So re­spect is some­thing that is beaten into peo­ple? Not some­thing that needs to be mu­tu­ally earned?

Emma Roth­well Sadler

I was brought up with dis­ci­pline and smacked when I de­served it. It made me think twice about mis­be­hav­ing. We’re too soft with kids to­day, that’s why they are out of con­trol, there are no con­se­quences for their ac­tions. On the other hand, I agree that if there’s too much ag­gres­sion in a child’s life it can lead to emo­tional prob­lems.

Char­maine Wat­son

“I got smacked and I grew up fine.” Ex­cept for think­ing it is a good thing to beat chil­dren.

Richard Fog­a­r­ity

In­ter­est­ing that the younger gen­er­a­tion are less likely to drink or take drugs than ever. If only they had been belted at school.

Dave Flynn

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