Every day I get notices of the things adults do to children that they shouldn’t. Things that are never OK. There are also many people working to change this. Instead of the ‘normal’: It’s my kid and I can do whatever I want to him.” or “Hitting children is what parents do to keep them in line.” It would benefit the world if the ‘new normal’ became: “It’s NEVER ok to HIT A CHILD”.

This is the motto chosen over 20 years ago by a group of Child Welfare students at Old Dominion that studied with my colleague Dr. Karen Polonko. The students were tired and overwrought studying all of the research showing how the violence of physical punishment (corporal punishment – the purposeful infliction of pain to control children) hurts children and the adults the children become. They were going to quit the class if they couldn’t find a positive outlet that would help them stop pain children were experiencing from happening. This motivation led them to start IN SUPPORT OF CHILDREN as a student organization and to choose they motto! I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Polonko and the many students who joined these efforts over the years.

This Blog is dedicated to children and childhood in the hopes that seeing the folly of adult maltreatment of children next to examples of those recognizing the problem and supporting actions moving toward the NEW NORMAL of ‘not hitting’ will help make “It’s NEVER ok to HIT A CHILD” the NEW NORMAL! We must realize that there is no excuse for hitting children: not stress, not poverty, not culture, not drugs, not alcohol. It’s NEVER ok!


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