Sunday, June 29, 2008

State intervention is the problem

Children as young as 5 will be identified as
being at risk of becoming criminals or troublemakers under government plans to tackle offending and disorder on the streets.

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, called for a huge expansion of state intervention in family life as a way of preventing young people from problem families drifting into antisocial behaviour and crime.

The last thing we need is state intervention in family life. That is what caused children to lack discipline in the first place. Let parents smack their children. That is the only way that parents will be able to control their children. There is no other way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of other ways.

If you try your best to be a good parent, take the time to educate yourself about children's emotional development and raise your kids in an environment of love and security, in which they feel valued but also know what (and why) the acceptable boundaries are, you will never need to smack them. (And I say this as a parent myself, by the way.)

On the other hand, if you are an inconsistent authoritarian with tendencies towards violence because "there is no other way", then it's hardly surprising your children play up and don't learn the lessons.

Rules were made to be broken, and will always result in problems. Principles and positive encouragement (rather than negative enforcement) are the way forward.

Not that I'd expect you to know anything about parenthood, mind. Maybe you should stick to discussing subjects you have a clue about? (Though that'd leave you kinda short on things to rant about in your blog, wouldn't it?)

"There is no other way" my arse. There is always another way with parenting - ALWAYS!

Maybe if society actually valued parents - not to mention children - and gave people the time (and support) to bring up their children properly, we wouldn't be in this mess.

It's probably not worth you replying, as I'm not very likely to come back.

My reason for visiting in the first place was just because I wondered if you had anything to say about the BNP membership list being leaked, but it seems you don't? (Though I didn't look particularly hard.)

But I'm not surprised to find that you're yet another clueless proponent of violence towards children, without even asking "What else could we change, to avoid resorting to smacking?".

Look at other cultures - you know, tribal societies - see how they do it, and learn. Or are you above learning life skills from brown people who live in mud huts?