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.
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?
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.
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.
“I got smacked and I grew up fine.” Except for thinking it is a good thing to beat children.
Interesting that the younger generation are less likely to drink or take drugs than ever. If only they had been belted at school.