“We often hear that children are hit or beaten because that is how their parents were brought up, as in the case of Adrian Peterson. Parents may only have their own childhood experiences in their ’toolkit’ for parenting. We need to expand that toolkit, to offer parents alternative methods of discipline that are both effective and safe.
“The only way most of us know how to parent is how we were raised. When that experience included the infliction of injury, we need to break the cycle and help parents learn alternative methods that will raise kids up, not beat them down.
“Many parents who beat their children don’t know any other way to discipline them. Most don’t want to harm their kids; they just don’t have options in their parenting toolbox."