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21. Spare the rod

Smacked bottoms and slapped wrists might not have done you any harm, but they never teach children how to be good. Parents who are firm but cruel are missing a trick or three. Discipline the pain- (and guilt-) free way.

Like us, you may have been smacked when you were children. Maybe you feel it didn’t do you any lasting damage. But most of us aren’t sure if it did us any good.

You probably know slapping, hitting or otherwise hurting children teaches them violence. But one of the greatest difficulties with smacking is that parents usually hit when frustrated after being pushed to their limits. And children lose respect if discipline is random or seems unfair.

NATURAL CONSEQUENCES

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