Saturday 17 March 2018

Sinead Moriarty: We won't do children any favours by being too soft – or too tough

Sweden has often been hailed as the perfect place to raise children. With its generous parental leave, affordable childcare and child-friendly society, it appears idyllic. Or so we thought. A new book has refuted this and is claiming that if you spare the rod, you spoil the child.

Sweden was the first country to outlaw smacking children back in 1979. In Ireland we are still debating whether to introduce a ban or not.

No one could ever accuse us of making snap decisions. The Swedes have blazed the trail in child protection and have continuously flown the flag for children's rights.

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