How often have you heard that line? How often have you said it?


I’m not here to tell you how to parent your kids. I’m learning every day just how hard a job it is. But I can’t help thinking to myself, whenever I hear this:


“Yeah, smacking never did us any harm, except turn us into a generation that thinks it’s ok to hit kids.”

I recently read a piece on the ABC that said 69% of Australian parents still smack their children.


The article also linked to research that demonstrates why smacking has a range of health and social consequences and is not an effective form of discipline.


Some of the specific findings include:

So why do 69% of parents smack their kids?

Maybe because it never did them any harm.