To smack your kids or not to smack, it's a slap each way

TOOWOOMBA parents are divided about the UN's call for a nationwide smacking ban.

The UN recommendations which called for Australia to abolish the rights of parents to use "reasonable chastisement" in smacking a child, were outlined in the first report to federal parliament by National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell.

The report has sparked yet another conversation about whether it is acceptable for parents to smack their children.

Responses in Toowoomba were mixed. Some residents argued that smacking was an unnecessary and lazy disciplinary tactic. Others echoed PM Tony Abbott's rejection of the proposal and feared Australia could become a nanny state.


Toowoomba psychologist Ian Goldsmith said he had seen no research that showed smacking to be an effective disciplinary tool.

"The argument that I got smacked and turned out ok is not evidence that this is an intelligent way to deal with children.

"Parenting is a difficult task for all of us and at times we all get frustrated and need to learn how to deal with that frustration.

"I think one of the important things about a public debate like this is that it raises the issue, makes people think about and discuss it and inch our way to more sensible behaviour."

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