It was announced today that Scotland is going to be the first part of the UK to outlaw smacking. This is great news. New Zealand banned smacking in 2009 as has most of the rest of the EU. Australia, as usual, is years behind everyone else; you can still hit children there.
I told the kids this evening that it’s going to be illegal to smack children in Scotland and Daniel’s response was, “What’s smacking?”. When I explained, Elizabeth replied in a shocked voice, “People hit their children?????”.
It’s not necessary to hit children and outlawing it will give children the same legal protection as adults. In making this change we’re creating a society and a culture where physical violence is unacceptable. That’s the kind of society I want to live in.