While the concept of not spanking children might be new to some, evidence demonstrating the harm of physical punishment of children has amassed in the last few decades. Physical abuse leaves a mark on the brain of a child and, instead of teaching a preferred behavior, hitting and spanking are psychologically damaging and teach a child how to be violent. Parents who spank are inflicting pain, trauma, and insecurity on a child who is depending upon them for love, respect, and protection. A child who is hit internalizes rage and, in many instances, that rage will be returned on the social level.
The rights of the child and what is in the best interest of the child have become international concerns. Ron Goldman had the courage to stand up for Brookline children in an attempt to protect them from socially accepted violence and child abuse. Mike Barnicle's personal attack of Ron Goldman ("Brookline, time to spare the Ron," Nov. 16) was cruel and insensitive to him and the children he is trying to protect. What happened to Mike to make spanking okay?
Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN
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