The parenting book to better understand the right to punish

The State published a book to educate parents who beat their children.

This is how I was raised” testify all parents appearing before the Criminal Court of Saint-Martin for beating their children. In most cases, they do not understand why they find themselves in Court because they beat their children who have made mistakes. Hence, the judge systematically explains that in France, there are limits to the right to punish.

Being told that they do not have the right to beat their children with a belt, an electric cable or a broom handle, parents wonder how they may enforce discipline. The State has decided to respond by publishing a "Parenting Book" for all these mothers and fathers who not only reside in St. Martin but throughout the national territory.

The book was presented early April by Laurence Rossignol, Minister of families, children and women's rights. "Developed in partnership with the Caisse nationale des Allocations Familiales (CAF) and the Mutualité Sociale Agricole, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf, this booklet is, starting April 11th, sent to expectant parents who are expecting their first child, once pregnancy has been declared," said the minister in a press release. Prospective parents will receive it between the 4th and 5th month of pregnancy. Included in it, they can find key references for prevention during pregnancy, baby development, non-violent education, child rights, places and sites offering support to parenthood. Hoping that parents will also benefit from the book overseas.

Estelle Gasnet