To spank or not to spank: Yvonne Grimbeek

2013-08-04 14:00

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini insists that parents have to take responsibility and raise their children with proper values. Her department and the University of the Western Cape-based Children’s Rights Project are working on drafting a bill which, if passed, would outlaw corporal punishment at home. Five City Press staffers share their views on the proposed legislation.

My 12-year-old son has never owned a toy gun. People who have given him guns as gifts are not allowed in my house.

I switch televisionchannels when there is violence on the news and he is in the room. And I do this because I abhor violence.

I have a child who prefers animals to humans because animals don’t just randomly kill and maim each other.

If I had to count the number of times I have smacked him, I would need less than the fingers on one hand.

I am physically incapable of administering a beating, especially to a much-loved child.

Yet I am fuming at the government’s interference in how I raise my son.

I don’t like a nanny state. I don’t like stupid, restrictive laws that assume I don’t have a brain.

I grew up in a household where father was strict and brooked no arguments.

Sure, we saw the wrong side of his hand or belt a few times and, sure, we probably deserved it.

We were healthy, naughty children who insisted on pushing the boundaries of parental control (pretty much like any child in the world).

I choose to discipline my child in a way both of us can cope with. He knows full well when boundaries have been crossed and he knows the consequences.

But whether the consequence is a smack on the butt or a time-out, it is, and will always be, my decision.

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