Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Watch out for your rights

I received this note this morning: California parents could face jail and a fine for spanking their young children under legislation a state lawmaker has promised to introduce this week. The proposal would make spanking, hitting and slapping a child under 4 years old a misdemeanor. Adults could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
All I can think is that this lawmaker must not have spent any time with a child under 4. The difference between discipline and abuse is massive, and I belive parents need room to discipline without the law getting involved. As Daniel begins to understand time-outs and getting grounded, spankings become few and far between.
And as I listen to teachers describe the behavior and attitude of their students, most of the time I can only think, "these kids need MORE spankings, not fewer."


Anonymous said...

I don't think the arguement that spanking is right or wrong is as pressing as the government, once again, wanting to infringe on how American's raise their children.

Anonymous said...

I agree. The point is, I'm going to raise my child my way, and you'll be raising yours your way, and the last thing I want is someone twlling me what the "right" way is!