Im not going to go into this too much, it has coursed such a big argument on an online forum. To what extend is verbal abuse, really abuse??
Do you have 'nicknames' for your children (if you have any) for when they are being naughty? Do you say to them "Stop being a little turdburger"? Or somewhere along those lines?
According to these people if you call your children 'ratbag' 'snothead' 'fairy princess' (for a boy) 'feral' the list goes on. They think this is child abuse! Only because that its not directing the behaviour of the child but putting them down with an insult. I dont see the problem, children over the generations have been getting called names by their parents, with no harm done. I understand there are so called 'better' ways to disapline your children, but honestly, I think most of those women arguing are just finding yet another way to bubble wrap their children.
When they are old enough, in high school more than likely, they will be getting name called alot. Im sure worse then just snothead, I dont think 'protecting' our children from silly little words is even in their best interests.
I dont want to go into it any more, like I said. I just want others opinions. Im not going to agrue with peoples comments. I just dont see it as abuse. Like I said on the forum, of course if you make your child feel unwanted and useless, then yes that is abuse, but harmless little comments like 'stop acting like a poo bum' isnt going to damage a child.