Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek
Re your article on doctors wanting smacking made illegal (Echonetdaily 26 July).
When I was growing up it was normal for us to be smacked, yelled at, criticised and put down. My parents thought they were doing the right thing. I don’t blame them but I did grow up with chronic anxiety and depression.
Our family of eight all went through mental health and D&A issues. If we want our children to be confident and happy we need to stop smacking and yelling and criticising.
It’s actually very hard to stop doing these conditioned behaviours so we need help to make a change but first comes the willingness and readiness to change.
It’s important to understand the damage being done by well-intentioned people.