So it’s mothering, not smacking, that determines violence!

We were always told by the anti-smacking anti-punishment brigade that smacking leads to violent kids.

But this study refutes that, saying that mother interaction was a key to reducing violent kids.

From Reuters today

Toddlers in a program to encourage interaction and play with their mothers grew into adults with higher IQs, greater educational attainment and less involvement in violence than kids who did not receive the early stimulation, a new study finds.

These latest results are the fourth follow-up in a series of studies since the early-childhood program ended, about 20 years ago.

“The most exciting finding this time was the reduction in violent behavior, because that’s something we haven’t shown before,” said Dr Susan Walker, the lead researcher and a professor at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Not that this tells us anything new.

Parenting style is the key – not the technique which is used or isn’t.


2 comments for “So it’s mothering, not smacking, that determines violence!

  1. Andrew
    3 May 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I don’t see the connection between the findings of the study and your conclusion that the study refutes the notion of smacking not causing violence. There appears to be no logical step for your conclusion.

  2. Bob
    3 May 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Simple really. We were told that kids were violent if they were smacked. This study suggests that the violence is actually because of a lack of mother- attachment. But both aren’t fully correct.

    If smacking causes violence, kissing your child goodnight causes incest. Putting them in time out causes neglect, and telling them off causes emotional abuse.

    Silly logic, of course.

    As we argued from day one, the problem is not the parenting technique. It’s the type of parent i.e. rotten parents

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