‘I was smacked as a child and it didn’t do me any harm’ – is a MYTH. Read WHY!

  There is a “definitive link” between smacking children and behavioural difficulties, a new study has found. Researchers at University College London, who reviewed 20 years of research on the topic, found that physical punishment is not effective in improving children’s behaviour, and instead makes it worse. I have been on Channel 5 News, BBC Radio, LBC and interviewed a great deal this week as a new […]

‘The Alternative To Smacking’ Checklist.

As France bans parents from hitting their children & England  discusses it. The debate rages on…. If you have just entered into a disciplinary arms race with your kids, then smacking is NOT the answer. Parenting doesn’t have to be a battle. Using positive discipline, you CAN teach your kids to behave without threats, bribes, […]

Why is it that when an adult hits a child we call it discipline ?

 Building Your Children’s Character Without Smacking Them.   I’ve just come off the sofa on ITV ‘Good Morning Britain’ with Jeremy Kyle and Kate Garraway discussing smacking. I felt the pressure of 2 presenters and a lady from a Charity agreeing that it’s OK to smack, tap, and hit a child as it depends on […]

Smacking is really NOT the answer…..

I was just interviewed on Talk Radio in a heated debate on smacking. Throughout my 10 years of being a parenting author this is the topic that generates the most controversy. I remember writing about this topic in my first book ‘Raising Happy Children For Dummies’ and I offered absolutely loads of alternative ways to […]

Would you smack your friend’s child for being naughty ?

I’ve just been interviewed by BBC Radio Birmingham  discussing this article where an assistant in Boots tapped a 3 year old child who had been knocking  bottles of bleach off from a shelf. I know myself falling out with a friend on holiday who let her 3 year old spit at his Dad and was allowed to rub […]

Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling Defends Child Smacking – oh dear :(

I see smacking is in the news again today with Justice Secretary Chris Grayling saying that he smacked his own children when they were young and has defended the right of parents to smack. The Conservative minister, who has two grown-up children, told the Mail on Sunday smacking young children sometimes “sends a message”. He […]


    Today I am delighted to have Vivien Sabel as my guest blogger putting forward her opinion on smacking or spanking as my USA parents call it ! “Smacking or spanking is an act of aggression and in some cases violence against a child. In my opinion it has no demonstrative qualities and it has […]

Smacking children reduces emotional intelligence and worsens behaviour

I met Duncan Grant an Ambassador for the  NSPCC last night and we were talking about the Full Stop Campaign so I read with interest today an article in The Daily Telegraph about how smacking children reduces their emotional intelligence and makes their behaviour even worse, claims a new study. Here is an article I wrote awhile back […]