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smacking illegal reaches its climax in a forthcoming Glasgow conference, Don’t Hit Kids, with Dr Leach as guest speaker. But a new group, Families for Discipline, is fighting back. It's headed by Anne Davis, the Surrey Childminder who refused to accept her local authority’s ban on corporal punishment. i She agrees with the sentiment ‘Don't

i Hit Kids’. Her definition of a smack is a controlled action on the back of a

hand, leg or on the bottom. using l nothing more solid than a hand.

familiar image of harassed, shopping mother proves that children learn from example: ‘How many times (thump)

a have I told (thump) you not (thump) to ' hit (thump) your sis (thump) ter?!’

3 So how does Davis answer a child who asks why it‘s OK for mum to hit

1 him, but not for him to whack his little . brother? ‘I make it very clear to my

1 children that mummies or aunties (ie

t Childminders) are the only people who can smack. Children mustn‘t smack each other,’ she says. But don't her

often disapproved of by adults, but who is your open. trusting friend for life‘." Meanwhile the ding-dong battle continues with neither side seeming able to deliver a clean knock-out. Families for Discipline. c/o / 9 Danescourt Crescent. Sutton. Surrey. Don 't Hit Kids conference. the Pearce Institute. Govan, Glasgow. Wed 24 Nov, 9.30am—4.45pm. Contact Scottish Child. 130 St Stephen Street. Edinburgh. 220 6502. for further deatils.

78 The List 5-l8 November 1993