Abused parents: Tykes deliver crushing blows, concussions and breaks to their caregivers

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  • Shuzzie53 HAYWARD, CA
    May 23, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    Djk, please use capitals.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 23, 2013 10:55 a.m.


    First of all I doubt that a one year old could seriously hurt an adult. Second, I used the word discipline for a reason. Discipline does not necessarily mean punish, but it does mean they need to be taught. I've watched too many parents simply chuckle or ignore their kids bad behavior excusing it as just being a kid. Those kids who aren't corrected grow up to be the bullies in our schools.

  • FrankSegesman ,
    May 23, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    "...once he misbehaves, he’s lost a privilege for the day."

    I remember often losing the privilege of being able to sit on my butt without it hurting.

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    May 22, 2013 9:52 p.m.

    Most of what they are talking about here has nothing to do with discipline or teaching. Little kids simply don't understand that they can hurt you, and most injuries are unintentional. My oldest used to give me black eyes. He'd be in my lap - he was under two, and suddenly he'd rear back. The back of his head would hit my cheekbone. No, I never punished him, he had no clue.

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    May 22, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    Even tykes learn by example. Yes, I know that the instinct to strike back is a basic instinct that children need to overcome, but when they're being spanked or watching violent television or adults get angry at them, what are they learning? They're learning to respond with situations they don't agree with with violence and anger. Spanking might get them to cooperate out of fear, but think about those whom we respect and have taught us the most. For most of us it would be someone who treated us with patience, kindness and love; who valued us as an independent person; who taught us by example. As has been pointed out by many people, the word discipline comes from the word, disciple, or follower. In order to become someone whom our children want to follow, we need to earn their love, not teach them to fear us. I've done quite a bit of observing and it seems that the happiest, most well-adjusted families teach their children with love and patience and don't resort to fear tactics.

  • djk blue springs, MO
    May 22, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    this is what is the results of no discipline and screaming 'you can't spank or correct that child because it is abuse'. hey i was taught i misbehaved i got a spanking not 'now stop that think about what you did'. my children were taught the way i was taught. i wasn't abused i was taught with love. the caregiver/parent should correct this children with a paddling !

  • Heidi T. Farmington, Utah
    May 22, 2013 5:35 p.m.

    Unintended parent abuse? We are actually counseling on this? No doubt a Federal Grant has been received for a committee to study such an issue and invade our homes on another level. Can we not solve our own problems--one size fits all? This is a joke--an unsettling joke. Can someone write me a script?

    May 22, 2013 4:39 p.m.

    Children need to be disciplined for EVERYTHING. But before you call CPS, I suggest you look up what the word Discipline means. There is no difference between being taught and being punished. What there is, is a need for children to learn boundaries and appropriate behavior and to develop the discipline to stay with in them

  • Bubble SLC, UT
    May 22, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    @ MormonUte and AggieLove: Are you really suggesting that when a 1 year old child accidentally hurts their parents that child needs to be punished?

    Taught yes - punished no.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 22, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Parents these days need a spine. It's ridiculous.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 22, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Parents need to be better at disciplining their children. If we want to stem the tide of violence in our society, we need to teach children respect for others and how to control their tempers. Sure, a certain amount of acting out is expected from children, but too many parents simply let it go unchecked. They are creating monsters who will one day contribute to the ever increasing violence we see in our public places.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    May 22, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    Very informative and interesting article, but I have to laugh at the thought of a "well -rested" parent also being the parent of a toddler.