Parents, Don't Discipline Angry

November 4, 2014 1:46 PM

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Parents, Don't Discipline Angry

In my eight years as Chief Presiding Judge on the juvenile bench in Fulton County, Georgia, one of the largest court systems in the nation dealing with Family Law, I have heard thousands of heart-wrenching cases, many involving heinous crimes perpetrated on kids. The emotional and physical abuse can be utterly unconscionable. But I have also occasionally seen, both in my courtroom and on my show, good people standing in front of me who shouldn't be there. A moment of rage or anger has transformed routine parental discipline into child abuse.

With the December 1 trial date tentatively set for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for charges of reckless or negligent injury towards his 4-year-old son when he whipped him with a switch last May, child discipline will again be part of the national conversation. When does punishment ...

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