Ms. Atkinson – Another Raving Nutter!

Another Stupid Do-Gooder

Another Stupid Do-Gooder

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has said that the smacking of children in all its forms should be banned in the United Kingdom. Is this woman a raving nutter or what. Parents have little choice anyway over what punishment they can hand out to recalcitrant children, which is clearly evident in the way children behave these days.

Well, Verbal Discipline Sure Didn't Work!

Well, Verbal Discipline Sure Didn’t Work!

Tell your child to do, or not do, something these days and you are more than likely to get a mouthful of abuse back or be completely ignored. Children realize at a very early age what they can get away with, and any parent who wishes to bring up their children in a proper way, i.e., teach them respect and honesty, can do very little to enforce life’s rules on a child.

Stings A Little But Very Effective.

Stings A Little But Very Effective.

Currently, you are allowed to smack, but only if you do not break the skin or cause a bruise. Many will say this is enough, and they may be right up to a point, at least with any but the most hardened cases. Look around you as you walk the streets of any town and see the gangs of youths standing around on street corners.

Remember the Bulger Murder?

Remember the Bulger Murder?

Britain has the highest rate of youth crime in Europe and ‘it ain’t going away’ as they say. Look back over the past ten years or so and think of how many murders alone have been committed by children under eighteen. Some of them are as young as seven or eight, with many being eleven to thirteen. Now think a little further and ask yourself, with which generation did this unruly behaviour begin?

They Way They Want It Done?

They Way They Want It Done?

It began with the generation that grew up during the smacking ban when all the country’s do-gooders (many without children) jumped on the bandwagon and started proclaiming that smacking children is wrong. These idiots did their best to remove any form of chastisement to children, but guess what, children learn faster than you think.

Ever Felt Like This Under The ,No Smacking, Rules?

Ever Felt Like This Under The ‘No Smacking’ Rules?

Eventually some form of common sense did arise from this stupidity and the current no bruising or broken skin law was passed. It at least allowed some form of discipline with children. When you think of it, how else do children learn except from their parents. Today of course we suffer more and more from parents who don’t give a damn anyway, and allow their offspring to do as they please so long as they are not disturbed.

Yes Sir, My Dad Hit Me!

Yes Sir, My Dad Hit Me!

Now this stupid woman comes along and says we should ban all forms of effective punishment for children. No smacking – Ever! She also advocates criminal prosecution for parents who break this law. I can see this leading to many a disgruntled child turning up at the police station falsely claiming to have been struck by a parent just as a means of get back at them for something: “If you don’t let me go to the party I’ll tell the cops you hit me!”

I'm Not Sure Ms. Atkinson Would Have Success With The London Street Gangs!

I’m Not Sure Ms. Atkinson Would Have Success With The London Street Gangs!

So what are parents to do, those that care at least? Well, for a start I would drop this stupid woman off at some London East End housing estate one evening and leave her to the tender mercies of the local yobbo’s for a day, and then see what she thinks of disciplining children. That is always presuming she comes out alive and sane that is. Ms, Atkinson shouts loud and clear that she used to be a teacher and “never having had an issue where I’d need to use physical punishment”.

Classroom violence in the USA.

Classroom Violence - Not Always Against Teachers.

Classroom Violence – Not Always Against Teachers.

I guess that must have been a long time ago, for nowadays teachers are often threatened, and do suffer physical violence from pupils in school. A report I read last year indicated that as many as fifty percent of teachers had at some time or other been threatened with harm. Food for thought Ms, Atkinson?

Laudable Goals, But Don't Allow The Children To Rule!

Laudable Goals, But Don’t Allow The Children To Rule!

As you would expect, the NSPCC jumped on the bandwagon saying: evidence is building that smacking is “ineffective and harmful to children”. Ah well, then I guess generations of parents must have been wrong to give their children a wallop to teach them how to behave and make them do as they are told. Well, I will say this, I was brought up with the old methods and it never did me any harm.

Old Style Discipline

Old Style Discipline

It did teach me to respect my elders (not that there are many of them around now) and it taught me to be truthful and honest in all I do and say. It has never crossed my mind to pull a knife on someone I disagree with, or to steal from shops or vulnerable people like old age pensioners. I never felt the urge to hang around on street corners wearing a hood that all but covered my face, and with my mates scare the living daylights out of anyone passing by just for fun.

Good Luck With That Method!

Good Luck With That Method!

The NSPCC is also quoted as saying: “There are more positive ways to discipline children and a clear message that hitting anyone is not right would benefit all of society,” All I can say smarty pants is: Why don’t you come and tell us what these ‘more effective’ measures are! Perhaps this idiot means that children will automatically respond well to you telling them to stop whatever it is they are doing wrong. We should perhaps sit them down and explain in simple words why what they are doing is wrong and plead with them not to do it again. Maybe we should make our thirteen year-olds stand in the corner for an hour as punishment, or tell our fifteen-year-olds to write a hundred lines. Ha! I would love to see the NSPCC try that out on a bunch of kids from a housing estate. It is doubtful any such idiot would see another day.

Nice To Have Well Behaved Kids

Nice To Have Well Behaved Kids

Naturally, there are many children who come from good homes and learn the necessities of life without severe punishment, but for every one of them there is perhaps five who come from under-privileged homes and don’t give a toss for any form of discipline.

Child Abuse - It has To Stop

Child Abuse – It has To Stop

One point I do have to make clear is that I do not condone in any shape or form brutality towards children. I had enough of that in my own childhood, but I do know that it is possible to chastise a child effectively without brutality. The important thing is to start as soon as they are old enough to understand. You don’t smack a fourteen-year-old, but a mild smack when required on the leg of a one-year-old would make that unnecessary, because later the child would already have learnt right from wrong.

In conclusion, I am happy to say that it seems no-one is taking much notice of this crazy woman’s ravings, for a government spokesperson said: “While ministers did not condone violence towards children, they did not wish to criminalize parents for issuing a mild smack”.

Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said some time ago that he smacked his own children when they were young and defended the right of parents to smack their children. The Conservative minister, who has two grown-up children, said, “You chastise children when they are bad, as my parents did me. I’m not opposed to smacking. It is to be used occasionally. Sometimes it sends a message – but I don’t hanker for the days when children were severely beaten at school.”

From a Movie But You Get The Picture.

From a Movie But You Get The Picture.

On that subject I will say that ‘six of the best’ across the buttocks or hand made darned sure you never made the same mistake again, but that is for school only.

Happy New YearEnjoy 2014! May your children always listen when you tell them off, and grow up to be fine upstanding citizens of the future.

Roy.

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