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  • Yes, but only non-corporal methods should be allowed.

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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    I do not think there is any justification or need for hitting, spanking or man-handling children. With consistent punishment of wrongdoing, even if it is by occasionally removing the TV from a kids bedroom or denying them computer time or mobile phones, but mostly by just giving time-outs and good talks with the child.
    Since I don't know the statistics for the Netherlands, does that work well for you all? Because it sure doesn't work well here IMO, our teen crime and violence to say nothing of the disrespect in general is a little staggering.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by USNavySquid View Post
    If you are saying that no one, under any circumstances, has the right or my permission to discipline (even spank) my child, then I disagree.
    I wasn't talking about your children. I was talking about mine. You do what you want with your kids.

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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    I didn't answer the poll because the "do what you have to do" option wasn't there. Some kids need corporal punishment but most don't. Using corporal punishment as a first option is not the best answer, IMO, but if the non-violent measures consistently don't work you have no other choice but to turn up the volume.


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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    You should NEVER spank your child.

    If you do, then you are a weak parent who must threaten/use physical violence on his/her child to keep them 'in line'.

    Any idiot can use violence as discipline.


    Any parent that spanks their child in my home is told that if they do it again - they will be asked to leave.
    That's fine, I'd leave any home where the owner tried to tell me how to discipline my children anyway.

    I don't believe spanking should be a parent's only (or even first) method of correcting their child when they do something wrong, but I don't think spanking your kids for some things makes you a weak or bad parent. IMO spanking should be saved for when a kid really screws up. When they've done something extremely dangerous or stupid and need to be corrected immediately and strongly with no risk of misunderstanding.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    I didn't answer the poll because the "do what you have to do" option wasn't there. Some kids need corporal punishment but most don't. Using corporal punishment as a first option is not the best answer, IMO, but if the non-violent measures consistently don't work you have no other choice but to turn up the volume.

    I didn't ever spank my daughter and she turned out great!
    Based upon your response, your answer should be "yes, they should be allowed to use corporal punishment if they think it is necessary."

    You agree it should be an option, although one you felt no need to use with your own child.

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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Based upon your response, your answer should be "yes, they should be allowed to use corporal punishment if they think it is necessary."

    You agree it should be an option, although one you felt no need to use with your own child.
    But it's only a kinda' sorta' "yes, they should be allowed to use corporal punishment if they think it is necessary." As I noted, they should try many other options before resorting to physical force. Your option really doesn't cover that caveat.

    From a pragmatic standpoint, minor (or restricted if you prefer) corporal punishment should be "de-criminalized" - not readily accepted in society but not illegal.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Hitting a child teaches it that it's acceptable to inflict pain on somebody else to make them do as you want.
    They were going to figure it out sometime anyway might as well be me.

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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    After seeing a Poll concerning parent accountability for the actions of their children, I began to wonder...are American parents unduly restricted in their ability to discipline their children?

    Every day we see and hear news about parents being held more and more accountable for the actions of their children, but we also refuse to allow them old-school methods of discipline.

    Once upon a time parents had a variety of options; from spankings to sending the kid to bed without supper, or banishing them to their bedrooms without access to electronics. But after several isolated horror stories of truly abusive behavior, parents have been told to limit their methods to time-outs and stern talking-to's. Parents also face issues with outsider's and even their own children calling Children's Services at the slightest hint the child has been "manhandled."

    So should parent's be given more freedom to discipline their children, or are things working out just fine as they are?


    In my state, it is highly improbable that any parent would be bothered by the government for merely spanking their children. I can't speak for any other part of the country.

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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    If a person is so stupid that they lack the communication skills or credibility to convey a lesson to a child (or are just too lazy to expend the effort) and instead have to rely on violence for it, then they are unfit to be a parent.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    Since I don't know the statistics for the Netherlands, does that work well for you all? Because it sure doesn't work well here IMO, our teen crime and violence to say nothing of the disrespect in general is a little staggering.
    Most violent criminals were violently abused as children.

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