Child abuse or positive disciplining? Parental (or should that be boxing) skills on display
Welcome to the first in our brand new series of weekly short blog debates that focus on a topical issue of the week. It would take something spectacular to shift the British General Election 2015 of the front pages and that something spectacular occurred this week in Baltimore with the riots and in particular one protective mother’s intervention.
There has been countless passionate discussion on social media this week about the rights and wrongs of physically disciplining children after a video of Baltimore mother, Ms Toya Graham, beating her son, Michael Singleton, went viral.
This a result of her dragging him away from the Baltimore riots. Some say she had every right to give him ‘licks upside the head.’ She had told Michael not to go there and he blatantly disobeyed her. Many mothers have applauded Ms Graham’s intervention, stating unequivocally that they would have done exactly the same, reasoning that in the spirit of maternal love and to protect her child from a worse fate if the Police should have arrested him, or worse, taken pot shots at him with their guns, that Ms Graham had no other choice than to physically chastise and discipline her son right there and then.
Others, concerned more with civil liberties felt her “attack” was an example of physical child abuse gone too far and played out for all to see. They would argue she could have removed him from the situation more diplomatically and caringly, with less physical force – she clearly slaps him hard, three times, full on the face at the start of the “disciplining/assault” depending on your take.
Would that have stopped her boy doing so again and got the message across that he was not to get involved with or even go anywhere near the riots? Does this speak to the woman’s perceived lack of parenting skills in any way?
What is your take on this story?
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