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Talk Softly to Your Kids
It was reported on the BBC that a Devon, England, man who hit his baby son must pay him £50.
"A father who hit his baby son because he knocked a photo frame off a television has been ordered to pay him £50 compensation. The man, who cannot be named, lost his temper when the 10-month-old hit the television with his baby bouncer, Exeter magistrates heard. The 24-year-old man, from Okehampton, Devon, admitted assault and was given a 16-week jail term suspended for a year.
"He was also ordered to complete 60 hours of community service. The court heard that the incident happened last December. The child had facial injuries."
Just imagine the man has to do community work for hitting his son. If we were that strict with that law here we would curb domestic violence and child abuse. But we must understand that we have to discipline our children every now and then, because like an uncle of mine said, “They will run amok, and run all over you, the child will lose respect.” Some other things Uncle said can’t be printed.
In Fiji a child is belted even for little things. But my guru said – “To a child, talk softly, but hold a big stick.” Because perhaps our society and culture is different.