To spank or not to spank: Gayle Edmunds

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.

Legislating in the home is notoriously useless.

You aren’t allowed to beat your spouse, but spouses are beaten every day.

The kind of parents who think spanking their children is discipline are going to cock a snook at a law that tells them otherwise.

There’s very little point in creating more criminals in a country overflowing with them.

Where are we going to put all the parents who wallop their children? Who is going to take care of their children while they are doing time?

It would be better for the state to spend our hard-earned cash to create awareness around why hitting your children only teaches them to respond with violence and is a poor substitute for active parenting.

This is why I don’t bother spanking my child, because violence begets violence.

When my child was too small to listen to logic and about to stick her finger in a plug, I’d whack her hand as a deterrent.

The only time a smack is the only option is when danger is imminent. Other than that, it is pointless.

I dare not hit my child while I am so cross that I feel the desire to do so overwhelmingly.

By the time I am calm enough to administer a balanced hiding, it’s well after the naughtiness and so is just confusing.

A stint on the stairs with no toys or attention does wonders.

What works best of all though are rewards for good behaviour rather than violent sanctions for bad.

As for the state, they should know us better.

South Africans don’t even adhere to sensible laws like sticking to the speed limit.

A law like this is just plain lazy.

It will end up being just another law the government has no capacity or will to enforce.

The issue of unsuitable parents and parenting methods is a monstrous social problem.

But sorry, one half-arsed law isn’t going to cut it.

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