Children are aged 7 - 9. Mum is a hard working single parent.
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I definitely don't want to lose her friendship but want to discourage her from going back to that form of discipline. Based on what you say perhaps my best bet is try and help her out with the kids more often so that she gets a break.
Thanks Aime - she has refrained from smacking for a couple of years but recently seems more frazzled and when the kids act out she has said she is going to start smacking them again. I think it's like taking a step backward.