Loose Women: Penny Lancaster discusses smacking her kids
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Sir Rod Stewart, who is a father-of-eight, shares his two youngest sons Alastair, 15, and Aiden, 10, with his wife Penny Lancaster. The 50-year-old appeared on Loose Women today, where they addressed punishing children with calls for smacking to be banned in England.
Penny revealed that on two occasions she had smacked her sons when they were younger but immediately apologised afterward.
The mum-of-two admitted she was overcome with guilt as she spoke candidly about rearing her children.
Penny’s admission comes after the Loose Women panel discussed whether it’s “wrong to smack a child”.
The mum-of-two revealed that when her sons were a lot younger when she had given them a “little smack on the bottom” if they misbehaved.
Host Kaye Adams said: “Smacking – particularly of children – is now banned in Scotland.
“It will soon be banned in Wales. Should it also be banned in England and Northern Ireland?”
Penny replied: “I don’t agree with violence at all.
“I always tell my kids that no matter what happens you can’t be seen hitting someone even if they have hit you because the rule is no hitting.
She went on: “If your telling your children don’t hit and then you hit them it’s lots of mixed messages.
“But I have hit my boys when they were younger. A smack on the bottom or the bottom of the leg maybe two or three times.”
Penny added: “I haven’t done it since – I can’t remember the last time – and I felt guilty on those two occasions and apologised afterward.
“I said, ‘Look, I didn’t intend to. It got to the point where you weren’t listening and I tried to use my words and explain.
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“But I apologised. I shouldn’t have done that.”
Her comments come after Home Secretary Priti Patel blasted parents who smack their children as she says it is “appalling” and “incomprehensible”.
Experts have since urged the government to ban all forms of physical punishment.
Scotland outlawed physical punishment of under-16s last year, with Wales to follow.
University College London study says England and Northern Ireland must also follow suit.
But others said banning smacking would be an “invasion of government into family life” that risks criminalising loving parents.
Elsewhere, Penny dished on her rockstar husband’s previous dalliances before embarking on a romance with the Maggie May singer.
The mother-of-two told her co-stars: “It did take a long time to iron out my pathway to bond that family together.
“Love saw through it,” she added, stating their feelings for one another made them a stronger couple and they have now been married for 14 years.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.
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