Do you believe that smacking a child's butt as punishment is cruel?
Not necessairly cruel, but certainly violent. There must be a better way of disciplining a child without beating them.
Cruel isn't the word I would use, but I personally believe it is unnecessary. The problem with smacking a child's butt is that it is way too easy to go too far, or increase the punishment when the desired results are not seen.
Children should not be smacked at all. In families where there are other elders other than the child's parents it often happens that the child sees contradicting patters of behavior in them and tries to imitate it. This is when elders who do not like such behavior are inclined to punish the child. If elders take care to expose the child only to desirable behavior, then I think the child will learn only good things.
I know a family where the mother in law uses abusive language for the daughter in law right in front of her grandson who is only one and half year of age. This child unwittingly repeats the same abusive words to anybody at his own choice. The person who hears it may smack the child at no fault of his.
no i don't though i never hit my kids. there are some kids that i think a good smack on the butt is needed and should be given.
It is not consider cruel. It is just another method of punishment for the child who is disobedient. However, you smack until it bleeds, that is cruel.
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