Saturday, August 13, 2005

Positive parenting means a smack free zone

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SKIP stands for Strategies with Kids – Information for Parents campaign will work with community groups to provide resources and training for parents and caregivers of children up to five years old. SKIP will fund approved agencies suggesting that more authority lies with approved "experts", rather than parents. It works with Plunket and Barnardos, the two key organisations that want to ban smacking.

SKIP even has a newsletter. It outlines grants given to various groups that promote positive parenting - or in other works groups that ban smacking. One group even got a grant to ensure that their community was a "smack-free zone", and the group didn’t just work with under five year olds either so it is debatable that is should have got tax payer funding in the first place.

It is clear that Every Child Count's main answer to politicians for promoting positive parenting for children over five is to ban smacking. If you are from Plunket or Barnardos and are reading this, you may want to leave a note stating what the alternatives are when "positive parenting" doesn’t work.

10 Comments:

At 8:33 PM, Blogger TulipGirl said...

The promotion of gentle parenting or positive discipline is not the same as the promotion of a ban on smacking.

Neither is encouraging parents to find positive ways to help their children learn to obey, a way to undermine parental authority.

I can understand your concern about the government and parental responsibility/authority. Yet, please consider that encouraging discipline that is positive and respectful of a child is not the same thing as the government taking over the parent's roles.

 
At 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tulip girl, the Government is not promoting positive parenting. THe Greens are promoting a ban on smacking. If the government put out positive parenting legislation, what do you think it would say?

 
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At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dude i bet them positive parent have a lot of attention deficit kid, what you say, one good wallop, and avoid all that ritlin crap,
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