Do you think it is okay to smack children?

THE majority of our reader's are all for smacking, despite a study claiming children who are smacked by their parents are more likely to have mental health issues as well anti-social behaviour problems once they grow up.

We asked on Facebook, do you think it is okay to smack children, with most of our reader's experiencing and passing on smacks as a form of discipline for their children. 

What do you think? Does the potential for mental health issues turn you off smacking your children? Join the discussion and tell us your thoughts below. 

Kristy-Lee Nayler: I was smacked as a child as discipline, I was not belted or assaulted. And it did not happen very often as we knew if we misbehaved we would get a smack on the backside.

Bec Bee: Honesty, what are the kids going to use as an excuse these days now they're a generation that hasn't been smacked? Who are they going to blame now? And people wonder why today's kids have no manners, respect or consideration for anyone other than themselves.

Tina Wenzel: More externalising problems and more internalising problems. Hmmmmm I am guessing that everyone does one or both of these so not sure on its relevancy to the study. Myself and my siblings were all spanked and all of us have managed to grow up.

Peter Doré: Interestingly enough I was disciplined heavily with a strap for the most minor issue, as were my siblings. It taught me the value of being careful, and it taught me respect.

Donna Smith: I was belted as a child. As much as I hated it, it definitely taught me quite a lot. I certainly don't have mental or social issues. I do think the reason some kids of today have no respect is because of this stupid "no smacking crap". Just my opinion 

Karla Hoffmann: Discipline; discipleship. Punishment is not the same thing. Consequence is a much better learning avenue.

SLAPPED DOWN: A leading medical professional body has said Australia should join other countries in banning the smacking of children.PHOTO: Nat Bromhead
SLAPPED DOWN: A leading medical professional body has said Australia should join other countries in banning the smacking of children.PHOTO: Nat Bromhead


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