What I mean by torn is that I think the Melbourne mums parenting is morally wrong, but I wouldn't say its child abuse. Yes its not nice seeing that, but I was smacked as a child too and although I dislike how my parents did things I don't feel I was abused. There's still a line where its a more extreme way to parent versus abusive. The kids are still happy and seem confident enough, and I have no doubt that mother loves her kids. It's certainly not how I parent and I certainly don't agree with it but I think those kids will turn out fine. Hopefully they will parent their own children differently...
I think you'll find that there are many many parents that raise their kids exactly the same in Australia. There needs to be more information provided for alternatives to smacking. It seems as though parents don't know how else to do it.
i agree. even though weve decided to strive for a smack free home i understand that it doesnt work in every home, i dont think that aussie mother was abusive like the brittish woman (what a swine!) but i do think that in some of the situations it 'seemed' like a smack wasnt warranted. BUT again as you guys said its all condensed into 5minutes..we dont know the full context of the situation. i agree that education about options is a good way to go
the NZ guy...ANY smack that leaves a mark is illegal in aus and any smack at all as far as i know is illegal in NZ, he did the wrong thing..sure it was only once (so he claims) but once it too much IMO. ok so he prob didnt deserve to be place up in the top category with full on child abusers..but hey he wont do it again..lesson learnt.
dont get me started on the brittish mother..makes me sick. and i fully agree, im proud for the boy, to think the way he does after his treatment..good on him, theres hope smile
as for the whole Question of 'should it be outlawed in aus?' well no i dont think so, i think its every households choice to make how they choose to parent and disipline BUT the gov should be doing more to provide parents with assistance and info on other disipline choices and encourage the no smack philisophy (sp.? sorry in sleepy lol)