CNN: Britans Blair Revealed He Smacked His Children

#1
Link to story here.

I just thought it was interesting that this story is on the CNN homepage. I'm not sure why they think Americans would find this story particularly interesting...corporeal punishment comes up now and again in Spamland, but I think most people recognize the inherent danger in making an issue of it.
 
#3
Voight-Kempe said:
More of a fan of non-corporeal punishment myself.

Blair's parents didn't smack their children hard enough.....
Heh. Or with anything.

I'm a product of it, but that's because I was NOT the kind of kid that responded to psychology. My sisters were sufficiently intimidated by threats and voice-raising, whereas I needed a few notably indelicate a$$-whuppin's in order to get facing front. I don't regret it because I understand what my parents were trying to do...mainly, frighten me enough to keep me from killing my fool self.

It clearly isn't right, or necessary, for every child. But I do think the flexibility to make that decision (within reason, of course) should be left with the parents.
 
#6
TankiesYank said:
Voight-Kempe said:
More of a fan of non-corporeal punishment myself.

Blair's parents didn't smack their children hard enough.....
Heh. Or with anything.

I'm a product of it, but that's because I was NOT the kind of kid that responded to psychology. My sisters were sufficiently intimidated by threats and voice-raising, whereas I needed a few notably indelicate a$$-whuppin's in order to get facing front. I don't regret it because I understand what my parents were trying to do...mainly, frighten me enough to keep me from killing my fool self.

It clearly isn't right, or necessary, for every child. But I do think the flexibility to make that decision (within reason, of course) should be left with the parents.
Well, "Tankis Yank", I hope your kin never have occasion to brush with my kin!
I'm tempted to say " As a parent, you should be ashamed of yourself, ma'm, but I won't!
Suffice it to say that you should just hibernate on when you (yourself) were just ten-years-old, fifteen-years-old, even twenty-years-old!!! Think really hard about it, really hard!!!

We should also deliberate on the question of who the fück ever gave us the all-knowing oversight to tell our kids what to do!!! Sound bizarrre? Take a good and long look at what your view of things is doing to your kids, pazzi! :roll: :roll: :roll:

MsG
 
#11
Bugger! I have clearly missed a little Queensman gem.

I always knew that Bliar would beat his children - he is, after all, a spanker of the first order...
 
#12
I got smacked with a wooden spoon, when I was younger until my buttocks was close to bleeding. I turned out fine though. But be warned the people in my head will be very angry if you smack your kids.
 
#14
Bugsy7 said:
I'm tempted to say " As a parent, you should be ashamed of yourself, ma'm, but I won't!
Caught out again! I'm sprogless. No doubt having the little darlings would change my notions? :D

PTP, with the speed of a thousand greased weasels...
 
#15
Beating your kids and "smacking" them are two totally different things. A "smack" across the rump when they are acting up, is totally different then getting a cord and whipping them until they are cut/bleeding.

Spare the rod, spoil the child.
 
#17
i got a crack around the arse or back of my legs couple of times when i was little n messing playing up didnt do anyharm to me n im sure if i have any kids they will get the same
 
#19
The problem is that the people who want to ban corporal punishment in toto are deliberately try to confuse the issue between beating seven shades of poo out of the child and a quick smack. A woman on BBC breakfast this morning compared this to attitudes towards displays of affection between parents and children before the Second World War -- the most prolific child psychologists advocated that parents should not show affection towards children since they were incapable of telling the difference between affection (hugs, kisses etc) and incest.

Now, such an attitude would be considered heavily repressed. However, if we are not prepared to render shades of grey on the current issue we risk becoming equally as repressed as the stuffed-shirts of generations past whom we ridicule.

And overrun by uncontrollable children who know that their parents cannot smack them...