Australians still doing it – because it works!

Fox News 5 Dec 2011
Australian parents who smack their children are afraid to admit it because it has become socially unacceptable, even if it is still legal, according to an Australian report out Monday. Experts insist corporal punishment is counterproductive to discipline, however an investigation for The Advertiser revealed many parents smack their children, but are loath to tell anyone. And an online poll for the newspaper showed 89 percent of parents have at some time smacked their child, compared to seven percent who have never done so and four percent who said they had only done so when danger was present.


1 comment for “Australians still doing it – because it works!

  1. DivaDays
    6 December 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I got smacked as a kid, alot! But then, I was a bit of a feral creature as a kid…so deserved 99% of it (I leave that other 1% as I felt hard done by on some occasions, but as an adult and parent now, I know it was a good thing). I was NEVER in doubt as to my Mums love for me. I have NEVER felt that I was abused, I was NEVER beaten. I always got a hug and a kiss when I wanted one. I am a firm believer in a smack. Especially when your child has issues with learning consequences to actions esp scary and dangerous ones. Now all I have to say is “Do you want a smacked bottom?” and he shakes his head, stops what he is doing and becomes calm and ready to listen and to, if appropriate, compromise. I am also a firm believer in people who beat kids and cause them injuries should be dealt the same punishment…in adult sized amounts and punished in a way that deprives them of all security, dignity, warmth, nourishment and emotional stability. Chuck them in a dungeon and throw away the key.

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