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March 6, 2021

Stop smacking and yelling at kids

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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.

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  1. Sheer rubbish! If this person and her siblings ‘all went through mental health issues’ I’d suggest it was because of other reasons than getting a smack occasionally. I was smacked too as a kid and so far have had no negative mental health diagnosis. A good smack never hurt anyone…not for long anyway.

  2. Wow!! How rude are U ‘Jon’…speaking as if U know what Beth Shelleys’ experience of HER childhood has been…So full on…

    Yep, U are entitled to ur opinion, & I am offended by ur assertions of Beth’s very personal experience. U have absolutely NO IDEA what it’s like to be Beth. AND u have no place to suggest the Family’s mental health issues are caused thru ‘other reasons’ !!

    Good for U & ur ‘no negative mental health diagnosis’, inspite of the occsional smack.

    I am not an advocate of the use of violence to control, punish, socialise, instruct, role model etc…to children AT ALL.
    I thinks its an evolutionary step to find other ways with kindness, & love in relationship to teach & raise children to be the ppl we would all want to be a part of a healthy society.

    Sorry to hear that ur childhood experience was pretty awful Beth, & I hope u can access the support & care U deserve for any issues U are facing in ur present life-all the best.


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