why don’t I smack my kid? are you even asking me that? (archived)

So, I ended up in this weird conversation with some otherwise rational people, trying to defend the idea that hitting children isn’t a good thing.  And by hitting I mean smacking/spanking which itself means hitting. I found myself saying it’s not necessary, it’s not right, it’s not purposeful, it’s not nice, it’s not effective.  Effective?…

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(Mostly) parenting habits I have but should really try to not have:

Giving the ‘five minutes til we have to say bye bye to X (the beach, the car’s steering wheel, the big slide…) then still being there 1.5 hours later because, truly, I don’t want to say bye bye to it either. Saying ‘agh I look really fat in that photo/video/mirror’.  Because a)  no one cares…

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Feeling un-welfare (archived)

Nope, couldn’t think of a more catchy title. So, thanks to the Daily Mail and all who sail in her, the coverage of Mick Philpott’s conviction has turned into a veritable high-horse fest of criminalising the poor, maligning them as evil, manipulative, lazy, rich ne’er-do-wells, and smirking at what ‘we’re’ not.  Yay. Full article available…

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