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Byline: Marie Kierans

I WILL hold my hand up and confess that I did slap my children on occasions when they were small.

I didn't beat them with a stick or a cane.

But they were on the receiving end of the odd slap on the bum or the hand if they really misbehaved.

Was I right to do it? At the time I didn't really think it was doing any harm.

And it certainly hasn't had any lasting damage on them as as young adults - they don't even remember being slapped!

But if I had the time over again I don't think I'd ever slap them - even if it was a rare occurrence.

New research this week shows that almost half of people in Ireland think it is OK to hit a child.

But when you really consider the message it sends out - that might is right - you have to agree with the experts that it is not the best option for disciplining children.

As my kids grew older I soon realised that depriving them of something they really liked was the best form of teaching them right from wrong.

A slap achieves nothing other than making a normally loving parent feel guilty for lashing out.

I do think kids get away with a lot more nowadays. But physically punishing them for doing wrong is not the answer.


Smacking... a better way is needed
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2012
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