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Parenting Author: Discipline Should Never Be Physical

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 04:25 PM

In light of the recent child abuse scandal that is plaguing the NFL, author and former diplomat Gregory Slayton says that while discipline is essential when raising children, it should never be physical. 

"Discipline is absolutely essential, but we have to have one-part discipline and 10-parts love, affirmation and affection," Slayton told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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However, the author of "Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs" says that "Discipline can never be physically harmful." 

"Discipline is critical, there's no question about it," he explained. "However, like anything else, we can go overboard."

"It's very clear that Adrian Peterson went overboard," he added.

Slayton, who served as the U.S. Consul General to Bermuda under former President George W. Bush argues that discipline also needs to be age appropriate.

"You're going to discipline a 13-year-old or an 18-year-old boy very differently than you're going to discipline a two-year-old girl," he explained. But he does "draw the line when it comes to physical spanking and stuff like that."

He said that "the point of discipline is to help our children grow, help them to learn responsibility and to understand that their actions have consequences."

At the same time, "we have to be very careful that that discipline is not physically harming our children in any way, but help them understand they did something wrong and, as a result, something bad happened, and they better not do it again."

However, Slayton told J.D. Hayworth and Olga Villaverde on "America's Forum" Friday that going without discipline is not an option either.

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"This idea that children are going to raise themselves — completely hogwash," he said. "Not supported in reality. Not supported in any scientific studies."

"Children need to know boundaries," he explained. "They need to understand right from wrong. And it's mom and dad who are there to teach them."

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In light of the recent child abuse scandal that is plaguing the NFL, author and former diplomat Gregory Slayton says that while discipline is essential when raising children, it should never be physical.
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