Tamara - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )
I just read the conversation on 13 month olds hitting, biting etc. So many of you thinkit is ok to hit a child. What is wrong with you people? A child doesn't know any better, you do. You are the grown up so suck it up and act like one! Really, it is not ok to hit your child no matter how frustrated you feel. If you feel that out of control, maybe you are the one who needs a time out! Seriously!
I know we've all seen/heard the advertisements "Never, Never Shake a Baby!". When did it shift and become ok to hurt your child?
They are looking to you for guidance and actually asking you to give them boundaries. They are trying to understand them and you are thier teacher. Every child should be lucky enough to have a safe environment to test out these things so they know how to handle things in the real world later. It starts with you. They are counting on you for the "right" information and if you teach them to hit by hitting back, you are just setting the stage for more violence in the future, including against you.
It's not ok to hurt and it's up to you to teach them that!!!
I hope that you will all think about this seriously and then pledge to me, your spouse, your best friend, your mom or dad, anyone... that you will never hit, spank or hurt your child!
I'm sorry if I sound preachy but I just couldn't let it go. I just had to say something.
I swear to you that I will never hit, spank or hurt my child intentionally. Now it's your turn!!!