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.

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