Give the kids a smack, it'll make them successful

Why is it that our news media goes to sleep over Christmas and other media around the world come up with stunning little gems of news? Perhaps is is indolence, lack of competition or some such similar reason.

The Telegraph has one such article today.

A study found that youngsters smacked up to the age of six did better at school and were more optimistic about their lives than those never hit by their parents.

They were also more likely to undertake voluntary work and keener to attend university, experts discovered.

The research, conducted in the United States, is likely to anger children?s rights campaigners who have unsuccessfully fought to ban smacking in Britain.

Not to mention pissing of the meddling socialists and liberal elite of this country who think they know best about parenting and did manage to get smacking banned here. Of course it must be pointed out that I have perhaps damned my children to mediocrity by not smacking them. Oh well.

Marjorie Gunnoe, professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said her study showed there was insufficient evidence to deny parents the freedom to determine how their children should be punished.

She said: ?The claims made for not spanking children fail to hold up. They are not consistent with the data.

?I think of spanking as a dangerous tool, but there are times when there is a job big enough for a dangerous tool. You just don?t use it for all your jobs.?

Well exactly. This of course is the thing that the do-gooders always forget.

Smacking though means different things to different people. I well remember an earnest Pommie colleague of mine at the National Bank preparing for parent-hood at the same time I was going to a community centre course on parenting. He related that at the end of the course people had to tell the group what they had learned from the course. You know the group-hug type of stuff where you have to say something meaningful. Well on guy, a gang member from all accounts, but remember my colleague was a soft Pom, said that he had “learned not to smack my kids with a closed fist”. Small steps I guess in going from a closed fist to an open fist….fists aren’t generally considered smacking but the tutor neglected to relate that to our “gang-member”.

The other thing about the smacking law though is that in South Auckland the bashings and killings continue unabated by the law. I doubt the populace even know a law was passed especially as a punch in the head is commonly known down that way as a “South Auckland Hug”.