There is an interesting debate going on over smacking and disipline in general in the Parenting section, and it got me thinking after a conversation with my 91yr old Pop today (as my 1-yr old bit me on the arm and my pop said "give him a smack" - which I wouldn't, but I guess that sums up the attitude!)
It appears to me that over the generations, as a generalisation, that society has become more lenient in their disipline and punishment of children. It *appears* that over generations less parents use smacking and other harsh penalties to encourage good behaviour and respect. Children and youth *appear* to have less respect for authority figures, such as teachers, the police and the elderly, than they did in the past. Gone are the days where the parents gave teens a 'clip over the ears' for back-chatting, and police gave errant youth a kick up the backside and a call to the parents.
What are we doing wrong? Is it that we are so much softer in our approach? Does it come back to the smacking issue at all, and the fact that we tend, now, to treat our children with equal rights as adults? I don't know, but I suspect it might......there seems to be little/minor consequences for misbehaviour and disrespect these days and you have to wonder if it stems from childhood?
What do you think? What has changed?
(Just FYI - I was very occaisionally smacked as a child, usually for disrespecting my mother - this involved a bare-bum smack on the backside from my dad - and yep it hurt, and left a red mark! But I have no ill-feelings for my parents and feel they did a bloody good job as parents! )