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December 28th, 2004
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Corporal punishment

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Date:December 29th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)

Re: Corporal punishment

i'm hard-pressed to think of many occasions where hitting a child shows anything but the failure of imagination on the part of the adult. it doesn't teach anything i would want a child to learn. the one exception is when a child hits somebody else -- that's when hitting said child with slightly more force seems appropriate in making zir feel right then and there what it's like.

all my life i've been able to teach limits of behaviour to animals without hitting them. i am pretty sure i could do so with children as well, who can, after all, be reasoned with after a certain age, which broadens the possibilities almost endlessly. i certainly seemed to manage when left to rear my brothers for some years, and that was without having been given the authority that should go with responsibility. i expect better from people who, as parents, have that.
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