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Old October 1st, 2012 (10:32 AM).
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Originally Posted by Jay_37040 View Post
I've said this before on another forum, and I'll repeat it here. If it is illegal to hit another adult for doing something wrong, why then should it be legal to hit a child?
I agree, but for the sake of argument, how about this counter argument:

When adults don't follow the rules we don't hit them because we remind them of the rules, or fine them, or arrest them and put them in jail since we assume they're responsible enough to accept the consequences of their actions. Aren't children supposedly not always able to accept the consequences of their actions because of their maturity/developmental level? If reminding kids of the rules doesn't keep them from breaking them what can we do? It wouldn't be fair to punish them like adults because in some ways they aren't as responsible for themselves as adults, but we can't just let them do whatever they want.

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