Parenting ‘expert’ says hitting your child is in the same tactile category as breastfeeding.
Physically disciplining your child and breastfeeding your child are two very different issues, yet surprisingly one parenting expert has put them in the same category.
During a recent appearance on Good Morning Britain, Katie Ivens, a mum and Campaign for Real Education advocate, sat alongside Sue Atkins, a former teacher and parenting expert, whose stance is parents should try to avoid resorting to spanking their children.
Katie Ivens took on a very different view to this and when host Jeremy Kyle asked Katie if spanking should be the “ultimate punishment” or just a regular part of parenting, the comparison between breastfeeding and physically disciplining your child came up.
Katie says it is all about tactile contact.
“I’m saying,” Katie explained, “[that] we have tactile relationships with our children. We hug them, we kiss them, we breastfeed them, and so on…
“And there are times when, like the child running out into the road, I remember when my children did that and I shook them [and said] ‘never you do this again.’
“Is it always wrong? I think the thing about smacking is, in order to be clear, because there’s so many interpretations of what a smack is, people feel like they have to come down on one side or another.”
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