I have been struggling a lot with the whole smacking thing. Will it teach my child that 'hitting' is okay.....and the way to get what you want is to hit/smack. On the other hand.....it's about teaching them to respect and adhere to authority right?
Don't get me wrong.....I am not against smacking at all. I have a 16 mth old son and when he is naughty (which luckily isn't all that often) I tried the whole time out thing. It was pretty much a fizzer for him. I do smack him....on the backside (with no pain as the nappy helps....just the shock seems to work!) or hand if he is doing something unsafe. It seems to me with reading some of your comments that it's more about finding out what suits the child....right? I mean.....smacking might work for some....time out for others.
I didn't grow up being smacked much.....but the punishments I recieved were a lot worse. So I am concious of doing something different.
Help me out here.....help me to get some clarity in my mind!