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The Foreigner Smacking book sale provokes reactions. Norwegian psychologists are criticising the sale of a book advising physical punishment of children. Americans Pastor Dr Tedd Tripp, and his wife Margy’s “Instructing a Child’s Heart” was released in 2008 and offers the advice to parents to use physical punishment when raising their children. Another book by the same authors, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart”, is also available to buy on the web. Both have received criticism from Norwegian experts.

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Smacking book sale provokes reactions

Published on Monday, 12th March, 2012 at 07:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Norwegian psychologists are criticising the sale of a book advising physical punishment of children.



Americans Pastor Dr Tedd Tripp, and his wife Margy’s “Instructing a Child’s Heart” was released in 2008 and offers the advice to parents to use physical punishment when raising their children.

Another book by the same authors, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart”, is also available to buy on the web. Both have received criticism from Norwegian experts.

In justifying their advice in the books, the authors use references to the bible, writing, “When a child deliberately defies his parents, he/she must be allowed to regret it. He/she needs to experience a punishment that goes deeper than words and logical argument.”

“A cane, or other object promotes closeness and openness between children and parents, [...] our goal with this discipline is to reach into the child’s heart,” they continue, saying the practise should be concluded with prayer.

However, the physical punishment of children is against the law in Norway, and has been forbidden since 1987. In 2010, the government launched a tougher child protection law, forbidding violence, smacking, threats, ridicule, rejection, and locking them in their room.

Psychologist Egil Launes has warned against the books, available for sale on sites such as Adlibris and Bokus.

“Violence generates fear and vengeance, and is humiliating”, he told website klikk.no, “Children who experience being hit more easily resort to violence themselves. They copy their parents’ methods.”

Head of Adlibris Norway, Beathe Melsnes, says few people in Nordic countries have bought the book, however, and they only buy stock in from major reputable distributors in countries such as the US, Britain, Germany, and the Nordic Countries.

“We have chosen to offer all the titles our selected suppliers have in stock at all times. We have no manual ‘quality check’ of the books we offer. This is based on that there is freedom of expression and printing in Norway and the other Nordic Countries,” she stated.

“It’s impossible for us to go in and engage in censorship. Where should the line be drawn? Think of all the different political viewpoints that exist, for example.”

Underlining they do not support the book’s contents, she concluded, “We have nothing to do with its release and obviously do not market the book at all. Nevertheless, we are no censor; we are an Internet-based bookshop.”

Other websites offering the book for sale are Bokus and Amazon.



Published on Monday, 12th March, 2012 at 07:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: smackingchildrennorway, americanbooksalerow.





  
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