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Would You Bust a Bad Mother?

Liv Tyler stepped up to help a crying kid -- would you? Photo: Getty Images
Actress Live Tyler recently found herself in a situation that I'll bet many of you have been in as well: She witnessed a woman losing her temper with a child in...

Should Schools Be Able To Hit Your Kids?

Among the many issues that arise when you have children is how to discipline them, including spankings. Most of us stand on one side of the issue or the other. Something many of us never think much about is corporal punishment in school. But it...

Who teaches our kids violence, then?

A comment on a post I wrote yesterday was so interesting to me that I wanted to devote a whole post on it today. My son has been raised in a house where he's never seen violence. I have never hit him, I've never even swatted him -- no one has ever...

The difference between discipline and abuse?

State law in Hawaii makes it illegal for a parent to "physically abuse" their child. But the law also provides that parents may use appropriate force if it is related to helping the minor, as long as it doesn't cause serious injury or extreme pain....

Witnessing abuse

One of our readers wrote in recently to ask what others would have done in a situation in which she found herself. She was at a restaurant and had to visit the ladies room. She describes what happened next: "On the way I passed a table where a child...

Britney, mom, now hitting each other

Just when you thought the battle between Britney Spears and the mother she estranged through poetry couldn't get any worse, MSNBC reports that the pair's relationship has descended into physical violence. According to the site's gossip column, a...

California lawmaker wants to outlaw spanking

Recently, Jonathon Morgan reported on yet another reason not to hit your kids -- it makes them more sickly. I don't know if that research had anything to do with this, but a California lawmaker wants to make spanking illegal. Assemblywoman Sally...

Hitting and pinching and Mom's dismay

When I first brought Nolan to daycare, Carrie and her Mom were filled with praise for him. "He's such a good baby," they'd tell me,"He's so happy and so alert." I shook my head,"I know,"I said,"I had nothing to do with it. I don't know why he's so...

Australian group wants to ban hitting kids

I'm not sure whether to be happy that the Australian Childhood Foundation wants to ban hitting kids in Oz, or to be depressed about the need for such a ban. The ACF conducted a poll of Australians and found some shocking results. Of the 750 adults...

Discipline: When kids test parenting mettle

Two recent posts by two different mommy bloggers really hit home with me. The first is by Morphing into Mama, and it made me laugh and cringe at the same time.  MIM often talks about people who "parent without a license." And even...

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