Ok, I’ll admit it. My kids get smacked for being naughty. Why is ‘smack’ such a dirty word these days? I would struggle to find anyone who wasn’t spanked 20 plus years ago, yet it’s these people, that condemn it.
I respect that parents discipline their own kids according to what they believe is right. My decisions should be respected too. I have very polite, happy, generous, friendly kids who function in society perfectly. Now, when I say I smack my kids, I mean with an open palm on the bum or hand. We don’t use anything other our hand to discipline, and we don’t smack anywhere except for the bum or hand. I think the reason why ‘smack’ might be a dirty word is because all we hear about is the extremes. People ‘spanking’ over the head, using extreme force. These people would be in the minority, and are putting a bad image on the rest of us.
I’m going to come out and say the usual; I was smacked when I was a kid, and never turned into a criminal or someone troubled by it. Most people I know are like this too. My kids are going to learn that being naughty is not acceptable and now they know the consequences of it.
I haven’t ever been closed off to other methods of discipline. I’ve tried a naughty corner, no treats/rewards, going to bed early, etc, etc. Right now, a smack and been sent to their bedroom seems to be getting the message through. When Ollie is a little older, I’ll be trying this ‘get along’ shirt as well.
Any other ideas?