Our expert says:
For anyone, child or adult, to beat a baby is totally unacceptable. It sounds as though the father, maybe feeling guilty over the failure of his previous relationship, seems to have no effective system of discipline for his children. He must realise that it is almost abusive for a father NOT to provide a system of discipline, rules and consequences for breaking them, for children - or before long they will discover, more painfully, that life and society in general will not allow them to behave selfishly or so as to hurt others or their property. Discuss this with him, and suggest you see a marriage counselor together so you can work as a couple in solving these problems, for the sake of all of you
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