Just latly I seem to be seeing a lot of parents discipline there children in public pretty harshly. Is the no smacking rule wearing off or something? Just two days I was on a carpark and heard screaming and shouting , thought there was a fight going on. A man was screaming and shouting at his son, must have been about 8, he slapped him across the face and was dragging him off his bike swearing at him. Fair enough I didn't see what the boy had done wrong. The screaming and swearing continued around the large garden centre and I later saw the boy hiding in a corner of shop cryin his eyes out. I felt so sorry for him! Obviously everyone disaplines their children differently. When i was a child i used to get whipped with a belt and hit with various other objects, I was terrified. Fair enough i survived but I'd never hit my children.I woudn't want them to be scared of me. What bothers me the most is that if a parent can scream , shout , swear and slap their child in public in front of a whole carpark of people , what do they do behind closed doors?what sort of role model are they?