Lisa Curry’s Son Jett Says Parents Should Smack Their Kids!
Jett Kenny’s latest social media post has turned into an online debate about whether or not it’s appropriate for parents to smack their children.
The son of Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny shared a photo to his Instagram account showing a child ‘misbehaving’ at a doctor’s waiting room. Kenny snapped the pic of the child throwing a box around the room as his mother watched on. The photo was captioned with, “Give your child a goddamn smack!”
The model then went on to ask his followers if they too had been smacked as children.
“Anyone else get smacked as a kid? I sure did if I was being nawty,” he asked while giving his followers the chance to vote in a poll. Of which 95% answered YES.
The social media post sparked a debate on morning TV where social commentator Jane Caro had something to say on the matter.
“Well I guess he thinks punishment is a good thing,” she said. “If he can hand it out, perhaps he needs to cop it.
Parents have a tough enough time now dealing with kids in public without random strangers giving them gratuitous advice about how they should bring up their children,” she continued. “I do think it would be really nice if people who were in public would be more supportive of parents when they’re dealing with their children.”
“I am opposed to smacking,” she stated. “I don’t think it works. There are much better and more sophisticated ways to deal with children who misbehave.”
Kenny has since gone on to clarify that he intentionally wrote “naughty” wrong and said that although he shared a photo on Instagram of the child he didn’t say anything directly to the parent.
“I didn’t say anything to the parent, was just observing,” he wrote. “I was more worried about the state the pencils were going to be in.”
Viewers of the morning show took to Instagram to share their views on smacking with many agreeing a little ‘tap’ here and there isn’t such a bad thing.
“If a child is taught right from wrong when they are small there would be no need to smack. My kids got a tap on the hand if they did wrong and told in a firm voice from a very young age so when they were older they knew the rules,” said one commentator.
Another wrote, “Yeah good on him for speaking his mind! Nothing wrong with a smack here or there. That’s the problem these days no discipline creating a generation of kids that just run wild and don’t have respect morals or anything!”
“It is a well-known fact that smacking reinforces bad behaviour, the child realises that bad behaviour means he or she has all the parent’s attention directed at them, they don’t get the fact that it is not positive attention, they just crave attention.”
Where do you sit on this debate? Do you think Kenny should’ve uploaded a photo calling out the way a parent chooses to look after their child or do you say ‘good on him’ for bringing bad behaviour to the light?