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Domestic Violence Council wants to raise your children (and ban parental corporal punishment)

By johnboy 12 October 2005 27

ABC Online has a story on a debate proposed by the ACT’s Domestic Violence Prevention Council on plans to outlaw parents making use of corporal punishment.

Former community advocate Heather McGregor raised the prospect earlier this year in her departing address.

She said physical punishment of children is rarely effective or justified and should be treated the same way as domestic violence.

Real domestic violence too hard for them so they decide to spend taxpayers money telling parents how to raise their children? Fascinating.

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RandomGit 7:46 pm 14 Oct 05

I believe I thought only of you when I wrote that LG.

LurkerGal 4:27 pm 14 Oct 05

RG I love you.

RandomGit 3:28 pm 14 Oct 05

No it doesn’t and when it does I’ll have to abide. Too bad if I don’t like it.

We aren’t talking about a tit in public, unless you were off to the local for a few that is.

bonfire 12:44 pm 14 Oct 05

Rg – how dare you strike that child. it has rights, enshrined in law, to stop that sort of behaviour.

RandomGit 11:45 am 14 Oct 05

I smacked my kid once, for holding her brother under the water in the bath. As much as there is a perfectly logical reason why she shouldn’t do this, she is too young too understand it yet. So I need to create an emotional reason to stop her doing it again.

This is where theory runs into practicality and practically, I don’t want her to drown her brother. That is the priority over a slight resentment for the perception of a punishment that was not deserved.

Thumper, I’ll get your cane.

Thumper 8:53 am 14 Oct 05


A child may form their foundation for being in their first six years but that foundation moves and evolves over subsequent years due to exposure to various outside influences.

Put simply, what you have at six is not what you’ll have at ten, or fourteen, or eighteen.

by the way, I used to give my kids the ocassional smack but I do respect your views upon the issue. And my kids are doing quite well these days, one is a landscaper, one is living in England at present, and the other is about to join the RAAF. I think they’re pretty well rounded kids.

God I sound old….


bulldog 8:53 am 14 Oct 05

Thanks Dave,
If a child forms the foundation of their being in the first 6 years of life, and they are not disciplined at a basic level, could this potentialy cause psychological problems down the track as well? Whilst I don’t have children of my own, I am surrounded by small children in my peer group and my family. It is painfully obvious when comparing different children’s behaviour that the kids who have been smacked on occasion have a much more concise understanding of right and wrong. You can attribute this to the individual personalaties of the children, but I call it learned behaviour.

As for my position that smacking can form part of an effective parenting strategy, I don’t think (and I’m sure most will agree with me) that it is akin to ‘extreme psychological trauma’; in fact I believe that far from being barbaric, it is a legitimate way to correct a small child, and provided it is used responsibly; can accelerate the social and learning growth of a youngster.

I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. My only comment would be that just because an idea doesn’t work for you, let people make up their own minds about it and avoid terms like ‘child abuse’ and ‘extreme pschological trauma’. It makes you sound quite militant, and some people might lose interest in discussing this with you.

Anyway, once again, I appreciate your input and a different perspective.

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