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    Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

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

    I voted, but don't think anything has really changed. I was spanked; I spank, the world keeps on spinning.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    They have enough freedom already. Kids still get spanked, less, but still do.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Parents today can spank their kids. At least where I live. The line is drawn to protect kids from being beaten. There is a big difference. Beating a child not only does physical but psychological damage to the child. I am sure that we have all heard horror stories about parents losing their kids over nothing but it is extremely rare. When a child is taken away from their parents there is almost always good reasons behind it and the parent(s) are given the opportunity to get their child back by fixing the problem. Even when the parents go to court about the child safety a judge rules on whether or not reasonable efforts are being made to keep the child in their parents home, or get back into it. Almost, if not every, state follows these same basic guidelines. Parents do have the freedom to discipline their children, and while I disagree with a lot of laws on our books, there are very few laws protecting children that seem to be too outrageous.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Hitting a child teaches it that it's acceptable to inflict pain on somebody else to make them do as you want.
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    No issue with it, and frankly I don't think it'll be as uncommon as people think. I believe there's a shift every few decades as the people who grew up under one style of parent tend to rebel against those that came after when parenting "changed" a bit. Most people my age that I've known seem to have no issues with the notion of spanking or something like sending a kid to bed without dinner.

    I think, as with most things, it's less about the actions itself and far more about the Parent themselves and the ability to be a good parent. Anyone whose ever dealt with children who will tell you that a singular method of dealing with misbehavior and/or disobedience is all that is needed is lying or a ****ty childcare individual. Part of being a good parent is understanding your children, what their motivations are, what buttons can be pushed to what effect, etc and using that knowledge in such a way as to educate, teach, and promote good character, morals, attitude, and growth in general.

    If "hitting a child" was some kind of universal notion of teaching individuals that "inflicting pain" on someone to do what you want is acceptable we'd have a HUGE population of extremely violent people. The reality is, individual actions are not done in a vacuum, and it's the culmination of ones parenting that instills the notion of societal and moral "acceptable" behavior, not singular acts.

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

    I'm more concerned with schools given more freedom to discipline children.

    After all, it looks like parents these days suck in that aspect.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    ...If "hitting a child" was some kind of universal notion of teaching individuals that "inflicting pain" on someone to do what you want is acceptable we'd have a HUGE population of extremely violent people...
    Look around you. Many of them have guns too. For "self-defence"....
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    Re: Should Parents Be Given More Freedom to Discipline their Children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Look around you. Many of them have guns too. For "self-defence"....
    So gun ownership equates to abuse, aggression, and eventual murder?

    I'm suddenly happy that you don't own a gun.

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

    Parents should have the right to use corporal punishment on their kids, as long as it doesn't cross the line into abuse. But isn't that already the law? Are there places where spanking your kid is illegal?
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