Smacking grows better adults

RITA NICHOLLS agrees with a recent study that shows discipline produces better adults.

Research by American Professor Marjorie Gunnoe at Calvin College in Michigan found children who were smacked by their parents grew up to be happier and more successful than those who have never been hit.

Mrs Nicholls, the Far North Coast CWA president, said discipline was necessary at home and in schools.

“Discipline made me the person I am today,” she said.

“I care for the community and have a love for seniors and children.

“I am sure most of my members would agree that some discipline is necessary, but I am not talking about flogging.

“Until the right to impose some discipline is given back to schools and parents we are going have to a community with a lack of respect.”

Mrs Nicholls said she was taught to respect her teachers and elders.

“If you don’t respect your parents, you don’t respect anything. Parents should be able to send their children to their room or smack them without public interference,” she said.

Australian Family Association media spokesman John Morrissey agreed parents needed to have a range of corrective measures available to them.

“Hands-on, conservative parents may need to smack when necessary to produce a well-behaved kid who does their homework,” he said.

“Smacking should be one of a number of corrective measures available to parents without the State telling them no.

“I am sceptical laissez-faire parenting with hippie extreme permissive behaviour works. I believe the correlation in the study is probably not smacking, but structure. Parents need to set boundaries, especially when it comes to things like scissors in the power point. Smacking should not be the first or lastresort.

“There needs to be long-term consequences, such as privileges or responsibilities.”

In NSW, parents can’t hit children above the shoulders, leave a mark or injury, or use an imp-lement.


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