A Big Brother star has admitted to using smacking to discipline her daughter, and claims she's turned out better because of it.
Rebecca Jane, 32, said she had smacked 12-year-old Paris when her behaviour got 'out of control' in the past, and she'd tried other discipline techniques like putting her in a 'time out' or on the so-called naughty step.
She was speaking on This Morning during a debate following the announcement that Scotland is set to be the first part of the UK to ban smacking, after Nicola Sturgeon's government endorsed a proposed new law.
Rebecca said she refused to let other people 'tell her how to parent', and insisted that her daughter was doing 'fantastically well' as a direct result of her disciplining.
But her comments were slammed by This Morning viewers, who said there was 'no excuse' to smack children.
The proposed legislation will remove the defence of 'justifiable assault' in Scots law, which allows parents to use physical punishment to admonish a child.
Rebecca, who is also mum to Peaches, five, who she has never smacked - said that smacking is sometimes justified in extreme situations when children are behaving badly.
She said: 'It’s been very extreme measures when she's been completely and utterly out of control, it's used as distraction technique for them to address their behaviour.
'It’s not just that, it’s about the threat of it and if they think that may happen to them then they will control their behaviour.'
Rebecca said she only gives her daughter a light smack on her bottom or arm and doesn't caused physical damage.
She blamed declining levels of smacking for the increasing levels of youth crime, saying that older generations committed less crime because they were disciplined.
She slammed the proposed legislation, and said she should be able to punish her children in any way she sees fit.
Rebecca continued: 'Lets us parent our children don’t tell us how to do it. I've got the best interests of my child at heart she’s turned out fantastically well and I perfectly agree with smacking.'
This Morning viewers took to criticise Rebecca for smacking her children, saying it's never justified.
One tweeted: 'There is no excuse for smacking children. All it shows to your child is that when you’re buttons are pressed, you can lash out. If you need to smack anyone, then you’ve lost control.'
'Smacking is wrong on every level, it’s violence towards an innocent child, a stern word and warning should be more than enough,' another posted.
A third said: 'Smacking your children will make them hate you and think it’s okay to deal with their anger with violence. Not rocket science, no one should be putting their hands on anyone.'
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