To hit a child
If your child were misbehaving in class, is it okay for the teacher to hit your child?
If your child’s friend were misbehaving at your house, is it okay for you to hit them?
I’m guessing most people answered “No” to those two questions.
If it’s not okay for someone to hit your child, and you wouldn’t hit someone else’s child….
Why is it okay for you to hit your child?
Ahhhh… an interesting way to look at it, isn’t it? I know, some of you are like, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out,” right? Or, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” I suppose that is one way to look at it.
I got to thinking about this after watching the video of the woman in yellow pummeling her son.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/baltimore-mother-toya-graham-on-why-she-smacked-son-i-dont-want-him-to-be-a-freddie-gray/ Some folks are saying she’s a wonderful mom, and she was doing what’s best for her son. Which may be true, for that family. But, did that young man deserve to be continuously hit like that? Well, he was involved in rioting. Yes, but his mom goes after him, hitting him, then goes after him again, and again. Don’t you think a “You coulda had a V-8” pop upside the head would be enough to make the point?
I suppose a pop on the bottom or a slap on the back of the hand when children are young, helps them learn the difference between right and wrong, or safe and dangerous. And perhaps a V-8 pop as a teenager helps to prove a point. But to continue to hit a child, over and over, when you are angry, is just not a good idea.
Often times, a child that was hit becomes a parent who hits. It could be time to break the cycle. Decide you will not be a parent who hits your child. Explore non threatening ways to discipline your children. They will thank you for it when they become parents.
Of course, this is only my opinion, and there are many who will disagree. That’s okay, everyone has different ideas on how to best raise their children. As for me, I will not hit a child.