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'The Slap' show generates child discipline discussion

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

A show on NBC is generated a lot of buzz, even before it airs. 

The show is called "The Slap," and airs Thursday nights on KWWL.

The drama starts after a family get-together gets out of hand. One of the kids starts acting up in the back yard, and the hot-headed cousin slaps another couple's misbehaving child.

The show has started a discussion about what's too far when disciplining another person's child.

At Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center in Cedar Falls, hitting a child is not an option.

Educators there suggest redirecting children to other activities or choices. They say striking a child isn't the message you want to send, and it could really get out of control

."A parent might give out swat on the bottom and think that's appropriate, but unfortunately some parents don't stop there -- and if people strike a child in anger, you may do grave harm," said Linda Jacoby, the Center's director.  

Jacoby says she considers the trust they have with parents a sacred one. She says it's important to look at discipline not as a punishment, but as guidance.

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