Violence by Any Other Name
AC d'Adesky posted on November 29th in his PulseWire journal: "However, the NGO Advisory Council expressed deep regret that the General Assembly’s annual resolution had once again failed to explicitly identify corporal punishment among the many forms of violence that states are urged to prohibit and eliminate. This is a key recommendation made both by UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children and the Committee on the Rights of the Child."
The hitting of children in the name of discipline is so culturally ingrained that corporal punishment is regularly not recognized as harmful violence. In my 2000 article, "Violence by Any Other Name," I invite the reader to join a growing number of men and women working to free themselves and their children from this harmful aspect of our cultural heritage. The full article can be read online at: http://home.comcast.net/~ammawell/violencebyanyothername.html. Here's an excerpt:
"In spite of research, resources and the growing number of people who successfully raise and educate children with nonviolent guidance, arguments in favor of corporal punishment will continue to be made. The fact remains that any degree of violence is harmful, especially against children. Hitting a child in the name of discipline is like breaking a window to cool down the house. When effective alternatives are available that will not cause harm, they are the better choice. It is never right to hit a child."