Child smacking and the law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21311916
- UK parents have not been explicitly prohibited from smacking their children.
- The 2004 Children's Act removed the defence of "reasonable chastisement" for any punishment towards a child that leads to bruising, swelling, cuts, grazes or scratches.
- Any adult found guilty of breaking the law may face up to five years in jail.
- Physical punishment is prohibited in all maintained and full-time independent schools, in children's homes, in local authority foster homes and Early Years provision.
I admit to smacking my children in the seventies after they disobeyed a rule. When I think back, I wonder why. And yet, they behaved well on the whole and we had a loving, happy relationship. They knew, by the time they reached their double figures, what they could and couldn't get away with. I believe in discipline to this day. Self-discipline that is. I'm not sure if smacking a child teaches that attribute, but at least children were a pleasure to be around and didn't become delinquent. Now days, the lack of discipline in the home is blamed for poor standards and attendance at schools.
What do you think about smacking?