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    Tool 16 … To smack or not to smack?

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    A summary of ideas for discussion

     

    • The debate rages!
       
    • It is ONLY EVER the special domain of parents to decide whether to smack or not to smack.
       
    • Legislation exists in some countries prohibiting such action recognising there is a fine line between smacking and physical abuse.
       
    • Many parents who have chosen not to smack have done so because they have sensed, in themselves, the danger of crossing this fine line.
       
    • This is an RD tool
       

Clearly, it is NEVER appropriate for those working with or caring for children to smack, slap, clout, cuff, blow, spank, rap, swat, crack, thump, pinch, punch, karate chop, thwack, clip, wallop, swipe, bop, belt, bash, sock, hit or strike a child.
‣‣‣ Phil Day

It is ONLY EVER the special domain of parents to decide whether to smack or not to smack. Legislation exists in some countries prohibiting such action recognising there is a fine line between smacking and physical abuse. Many parents who have chosen not to smack have done so because they have sensed in themselves the danger of crossing this fine line.

However, clearly, it is NEVER appropriate for children's workers or carers to smack, slap, clout, cuff, blow, spank, rap, swat, crack, thump, pinch, punch, karate chop, thwack, clip, wallop, swipe, bop, belt, bash, sock, hit or strike a child.
NOT EVER!

For parents, when it comes to whether to smack or not to smack, the debate will, no doubt, continue to rage!

The following points outline some of the pros and cons of smacking. … [ … JOIN for more member-only content]

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