Tuesday, November 28, 2006

UK Nanny state wants the UN to ban spanking.

UK: My theory is all these busy-body child experts are getting revenge for being on the low end of the social totem pole all thru school and/or were treated badly by their own parents. They keep trying to push their noses into other people's parenting.

The Children's Commissioner for England is preparing a dossier for the United Nations to back his case that parents who smack their children are abusing their human rights. Prof Sir Al Aynsley-Green says parents must be banned outright from smacking. His report, that existing laws fail to protect children from harm, will be submitted to UN officials next autumn. He is supported by the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish "child tsars". Sir Al said: "Children and young people in England should have the same right to protection under the law on common assault as that afforded to adults." The dossier comes after a poll found most parents believed smacking was an acceptable way to discipline children. The number of those in favour was higher among adults without children, 80 per cent of whom said they would support smacking as a punishment if necessary. Among parents, the proportion who said they smacked their children fell, but only to 67 per cent. advertisementParents aged 35 to 54 were most likely to have smacked their children, with nearly three quarters saying they had done so, said the research. Many did not consider a light smack the same as "hitting" a child. Children's charities do not differentiate between smacking and hitting, saying they amount to the same thing to a child.
Here comes the expert.
Most child experts oppose smacking but they hold differing views on the best way to instil discipline in children. Dr Miriam Stoppard said parents who did smack should "never have had children in the first place". The key, she said, to good behaviour was knowing how to "achieve co-operation" and that involved a lot of talking. Noël Janis-Norton, a learning and behavioural specialist and director of the New Learning Centre in Hampstead, north London, said children who understood rules were less likely to test their parents by misbehaving.
Well there was talking at a young age. Daddy: "Son, your mom wants you for something." Me: "NOT NOW! I'm watching something on TV!!!!" Dad: "....Boy, didn't I tell you something..." Me: "..Fine, I'm going *mumblingundermybreath*" That should be the extent of co-operation and talking. If you have to do a lot of talking with your child and making them "understand rules" you have already lost. It's like explaning a joke, if you have to explain it, game over.

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