Raising kids just got harder in Massachusetts

sidney_mt_herald_161No-spanking proposal is bad strike for parents

The challenges of raising children may be getting even harder - but make sure you don’t spank your child’s butt harder or maybe be afraid to do it at all.

Making national news last week was a proposal by a legislator in Massachusetts that would outlaw spanking of a child by a parent in that state. If the bill becomes law, parents in the state would be prohibited from forcefully laying a hand on any child under age 18 unless it was to wrest them from danger, lest they be charged with abuse or neglect.

That’s important to remember in case any of us are planning a family trip to see a Red Sox game or visit Cape Cod. If Johnny continues to hit his little sister in the back seat, the last thing you want to do is pull the car over and give Johnny a spanking. That move could end with you in jail.

The proposal has its roots from an incident in April that featured a 45-year-old father using his belt to swat his 12-year-old son three times on the rear end. The father was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, but the charges were later dropped.

In this day and age when raising a child is so challenging, one must wonder what kind of punishment actually works. Sending a child to his room doesn’t seem too rough of a sentence when he has a computer, DVD player and cell phone available. A “time out” is laughable once a child reaches a certain age.

If parents can’t at least offer the threat of a spanking, we wonder how spoiled these children might become. And when they’re spoiled, it ends up making society rotten.

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