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Duke of Cambridge hires former nanny for Prince George. Prince William with nanny Jessica Webb in 1990 and (right) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Duke of Cambridge hires former nanny for Prince George. Prince William with nanny Jessica Webb in 1990 and (right) the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

Prince George’s nanny is barred from smacking

By Andrew Willis

Britain’s Daily Express reports that Prince George will never be smacked by his new Spanish nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo – her training forbids it.

Norland College, the Bath-based elite institute that taught the 43-year-old, believes “a child is never naughty” and would strike off any graduate who used physical punishment, an expert revealed yesterday.

Writer Louise Heren, who co-wrote a book about Norland nannies and spent a year at the college making a TV documentary, said yesterday: “They will never ever smack. They will be struck off if they do. A child is never naughty but the behaviour is.”

She said Ms Borrallo, who can expect to earn around £38,000 a year as a live-in help to William and Kate, will have been trained not to impose strict rules.

Meanwhile here in the US nothing is guaranteed to ignite more conversations than questioning a parent’s right to spank their child.

So is Prince George just receiving a royal pampering?

Experts are agreed. Spanking harms children. Last week Reuters Health reported that spankings were tied to likelihood of child protective service visits.

Reuters Health – Parents who spank their babies are at greater risk of eventually having Child Protective Services called in to protect their kids than parents who do not spank, according to a new study.

“A few other studies have shown that parents that spank their children are also more likely to engage in harsh physical punishment and abusive parenting behaviors,” said lead author Shawna J. Lee from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor.

It seems plausible that discipline that starts out as spanking may, in some cases, escalate to abuse over time, Lee told Reuters Health in an email.

Research has shown that spanking doesn’t result in kids listening to their parents’ directions any more closely. It has been linked to more aggressive behavior and more acting out as the child grows up.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse spanking for any reason, and suggests time-outs as an alternative.

It’s not just the American Academy of Pediatrics that doesn’t endorse spanking either. You won’t find a science based organization endorsing spanking children – or anyone else.

Do you think you could go a week? A month? A year without spanking?  Could you give up spanking altogether? Many parents spank out of frustration several times a week, even smacking or slapping every day.  You are not alone in the struggle to keep your cool and find alternatives.

Click the image to join the No Spank Challenge in April and spend 30 days without spanking.

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Andrew Willis is a founding partner of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and suicide. Formerly a Madman of Madison Avenue Andrew has two sons and lives in Harlem, New York. He's a frequent speaker at conferences and blogs for the Stop Abuse Campaign.

Andrew Willis is a founding partner of the Stop Abuse Campaign. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and suicide.
Formerly a Madman of Madison Avenue Andrew has two sons and lives in Harlem, New York. He’s a frequent speaker at conferences and blogs for the Stop Abuse Campaign.

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