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Smile At Your Baby releases educational flier to help stop spanking
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Smile At Your Baby releases educational flier to help stop spanking

 

A charitable organization, of Pullman, is teaming up with a like-minded group based in Bellingham to advocate for alternatives to spanking your baby.

Smile At Your Baby and StopSpanking.org released a flier Thursday that could be useful for parents when their children frustrate them, and they think discipline is in order. The flier gives parents suggestions of how to deal with a child who is presenting problems. For example: “Is baby or toddler refusing to sit in a chair or shopping cart? … Wear small children in a sling while you shop. Let child choose which shopping cart to use.”

Shelley Calissendorff, founder/executive director of Smile At Your Baby, said the fact that 94 percent of “all toddlers are spanked” is a societal problem.

“The research is clear,” Calissendorff said in an email. “The short and long term risks are too great. It is just like smoking, it may seem OK at the time, it may even appear to be getting a result that you want, but the long term risks are destructive and enduring.”

In an effort to lessen this problem, Calissendorff teamed up with Robyn Peters Bennett to create the flier you see above, and suggest parents understand it, share it and post it on the refrigerator.

The women hope the flier is effective at “educating parents on how to effectively parent their children with love, empathy and compassion while preventing child neglect and abuse.”

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