HITTING OUR KIDS IS NEVER JUSTIFIED.
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