Yesterday when I took the kids to their swimming lessons, there was a mum there, obviously frustrated with her son, who was about 10 or 11.
He would not get out of the ‘kiddies’ pool despite her protesting. Eventually he got out, and because he took so long, and was beligerant, he got a couple of good whacks in the bottom.
Thats the story, true as I saw it….
Here is what I think.
Whatever you think about smacking your kids…….
1. Don’t discipline your child in front of a whole heap of people you don’t know, in a public place. It is embarassing for the child, and for you.
2. By the time a boy hits ten years old, most mums are going to find smacking pretty inneffectual as a detterant or punishment, most 10 year old boys will find it hard to contain their mirth.