Irish parents are expected to protest in their thousands today, as new laws enacted mean they can no longer hit their children with the traditional wooden spoon.
Outraged at the thought of having to communicate with their children in a less violent fashion, many are calling on the decision to be overturned, or at least to have specific exemptions written into the legislation to allow for the use of the wooden spoon.
Organiser of todays march, Declan Crosse said:
It’s traditional to hit your kid with a wooden spoon, my parents did it and I turned out fine, apart from the chronic alcoholism of course. It’s organic too, wooden spoons come from trees, so it’s an environmental way to discipline your child.
Declan represents many Irish parents that didn’t want their children to get away with the physical and emotional torture they endured as a child and see it as a tradition they wanted to pass on.
Many parents are outraged that they are not allowed use “reasonable chastisement”, even when their children are being completely “unreasonable spoiled shits“, commented Sandra Heaney, a mother of 3.
The protest will take place today at 9am – although many parents are expected to be late showing up, since they won’t posses the persuasion powers of the wooden spoon to get their children out of bed and ready for school on time.
The news of the ban on smacking and wooden spoon beatings, means Irish parents will be forced to develop more communication and emotional intelligence skills. Something lacking in the Irish race as a whole.