| Posted by My Super Nanny
We’re opening a can of worms with this one, we know.
69% of Australian parents still smack their kids today. But with smacking banned in 34 countries, including our neighbour New Zealand, the question presides as to whether it is okay to spank your child.
Most experts are united on their opinion, arguing that any form of physical punishment towards children should be illegal.
Child and education psychologist, Andrew Greenfield, believes that smacking our children only demonstrates that ‘physical violence is the way to solve their problems’. Furthermore, research conducted by experts at the Royal Australian College of Physicians found that physical punishment is linked to depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour in children.
Back in 2013, a committee of Child Health experts from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), urged Australian caregivers and parents to seek alternative forms of punishment.
However, what about the parents who rarely use smacking, and will only do so as a last alternative when all other forms of discipline have failed?
Furthermore, some argue that simply lumping all parents together, and their individual beliefs on parenting, just simply would not work. Furthermore, Dr Karen Brookes, an associate professor at the UQ Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, argues that what works for one child and one parent, may not work for another. Parenting is an individual experience, and as such, it can be argued that parents should have the option to discipline their child (reasonably), if that is their choice.
Many parents feel that spanking, as a last resort, encourages children to have respect for their elders. This was the crux of the argument for smacking children, during the debate that enused following the advice offered by the RACP.
The quote below trended online during the online debate.
At the end of the day, choosing whether to discipline your child with physical punishment is an entirely personal decision. Parents have the choice to do what they think is best for their child. And when push comes to shove, that is always the number one priority.
Everyone has an opinion, and we’d love to hear yours. Comment below what you think about the bottom smack.