There are smarter ways to grow a child
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The government's recent quest to outlaw corporal punishment is long overdue. In fact, this should have been done since our independence. In that period, the Jamaican people had hopes and dreams, many of which got lost along the way. Amending our inhumane way of raising our children would have been a leap forward. Let us not forget that corporal punishment was a means of demanding obedience from our enslaved ancestors. It is heartbreaking that it took a video of an angry mother 'whipping' her child with a machete, merely avoiding injury, to reignite the discussion of the parenting problem that has plagued Jamaica for decades.
Corporal punishment is wrong and should not have been tolerated for so long in our society. If we are to achieve our national development plan, Vision 2030: making Jamaica a place of choice to live, work, raise family and do business, we must start to address the small but critical areas hindering the realisation of our true potential. These small areas will result in a domino effect creating better families.
Weak and lazy
Using the corporal punishment to curb misbehaviour isn't only a sign of weakness, but it also exposes how lazy we are in our cognitive process. The way how an abusive male beats his partner, often female [and vice versa], to assert dominance whenever he feels threatened or fears it may be exposed that he is weak deep down, is no different than what adults do to their children. Most times, the person that's being abused finds ways to pass on that anger to someone weaker than themselves their child. Hear the Children Cry Foundation's Betty-Ann Blaine was right, parents should communicate with their child instead.
There are better ways to raise a child without lifting a finger at them. Therefore, I urge the parents, teachers and well-thinking adults who have mastered the art of parenting to take part in this important process of transforming our country.
We are few, but history has taught us that one 'man' can change the world.