There is yet another goody goody article in today’s Times whinging on about protecting “our children”.
How does she know who I would hit and why?
On the face of it though, she is correct – I wouldn’t hit an adult. But that is where she falls into the old trap – treating kids as if they are mini-adults. I wouldn’t need to hit an adult because an adult should be well aware of what they are doing and the resulting consequences. If an adult were about to do something dangerous or harmful, and I thought that a good thump would save the day then yes, I would hit them.
Of course she drags out the old chestnut about hitting a child for hitting another.
“I wonder if it ever occurs to them that there might be a connection between all the “light tapping” they’re doing, and the “hitting” their children do?”
Of course there is a connection. It is called “consequences”. A child hits another so it’s only fair that not only should they experience first hand what it’s like, but they need to learn that actions quite often have not so pleasant consequences.
Not all kids are bad these days but a hell of a lot are a pain the the hole. They have no respect for others, and worst of all have no respect for themselves. They rapidly learn in school that Mob Rule works and that contempt for authority goes unpunished. They grow up in a culture of getting what they want when they want it. They demand the best in designer clothing and the latest in mobile phones without learning the value of either, and worse still, they get them as they have learned that the Nanny State will always look after them.
She set up stall in a supermarket, right beside the sweet counter and then is surprised when she sees a mother clipping a child. Fair play to that mother, I say. There is nothing worse than a child whinging on about wanting sweets and getting away with it. What is that teaching the child? Ask and you shall receive? Now there is a case where an adult deserves to be thumped.
She invokes the ruling by the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights that declared that Ireland is in breach of its “human rights” obligations by failing to introduce a blanket ban on all physical punishment. The Council of Europe and their European Committee of Social Rights should mind their own fucking business. They have no right to dictate how parents should bring up their kids.
On second thoughts, I retract my initial statement about not hitting adults.
Just lead me to that journalist.
She deserves a good clip around the ear.