A lot of people assume that leaving a mark on a child is a crime. We need to be careful about making assumptions about what a parent or other authority figure is allowed to do when they are not. In the U.S., a lot of states have laws that require a parent or other adult to have a “reasonable suspicion” that a child has been harmed. This may not be specific enough, however, and may even be illegal.
A lot of parents leave marks on their children and make them go to school in a wheelchair. Many states have laws that criminalize leaving a mark on a child, and even if the parent is not found guilty of the crime, it can be a significant financial burden. As an example, in Florida your state income tax refund (if you have one) may be limited to $500 if you leave a mark on a child.
If a parent is found guilty of leaving a mark on a child, it can be very costly indeed, whether it is a fine of up to $500, or a prison sentence of up to six months. Many parents choose to leave their mark on their child because they feel it is the only way to get them to do things that they otherwise wouldn’t. As a result, some parents leave their mark on their children as a form of parenting.
This is in one of those cases where the child is actually the crime. Some states even have laws against leaving a mark on a child because it could be considered molestation. In the United States, the only penalties for leaving a mark are a fine or a prison sentence, but states that do not have laws against leaving a mark on a child are doing things like making leaving a mark on a child a criminal act.
If we’re talking about just a small mark on a child, then yes it’s illegal. But what the law is saying is that the parent making it has to be the one who actually does it, and that makes it even more important to keep your kids safe, even if you’re not there.
You can’t just walk up to a child and say, “Hey, remember me?” and expect it to remember you. If the child is young, and has even just a tiny mark, then it’s easy to just leave it alone. But if the child is older, and they’re already learning to do things that you’re not ready for, you will have to start making sure they are safe.
The problem is many parents don’t realize that their kids are already learning things that they aren’t ready for. The best way to combat this is to make sure that they are taught the things that they need to know. They want to learn how to drive, but they want to learn how to walk, how to talk, how to read, how to drive, etc.
The key is to teach them the things they need to learn in specific ways. For example, instead of saying “You are going to do your homework, you have to get to class,” say “You are going to get to school at a specific time, when you have to go to class.” This will teach them early on the importance of learning and the importance of staying on track. I would also recommend using positive reinforcement techniques to teach them the things that they need to do.
The most important thing I learned today is that you can’t tell a child what to do. They are born into an intelligent world, and they learn by making mistakes. They will learn the wrong way if it is something that has been done before. If you are going to make a child do something, make sure that they are the one doing it. If you want to make them do something they’ve never done before, they will just naturally do it that way.
The lesson here isn’t to always do what you know is wrong, it’s to do what you know is right. There’s a difference between knowing what to do and being a good person.