This is good parental correction? What happened to adult self-control?

June 23, 2009

Media Statement                         23 June 2009

Promoters of the referendum on child discipline must be truly desperate if they are willing to make a father who repeatedly pushes over his seven year-old their new poster-boy for “a smack as a part of good parental correction”, says The Yes Vote.

“The no vote campaign would have used the so-called ‘ear-flick’ Dad as their example of supposed injustice against parents until he was convicted of punching his child in the face.

“Now they are pointing to an angry father, who pleaded guilty to assault, as a ‘great Dad’.

“We all get tired and frustrated as parents, but actions such as those described are anything ‘good parental correction’.  They are a loss of adult self-control, pure and simple.

“If ever there was an example of why the new child discipline law is a step in the right direction to creating a society in which violence towards children is no longer tolerated, this has to be it.

“A Yes Vote in the referendum is a vote to ensure children and adults are protected equally.”

  • Contact: Deborah Morris-Travers  Tel 0274 544 299

Plunket Barnardos Save the Children Unicef Jigsaw Ririki Parents CentrePaediatric Society Womens Refuge Epoch

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