Smacking Is Not A Solution!


This may seem like an obvious statement to make, but unfortunately, for so any parents they still discipline their child this way. There have been many studies showing the long term ramifications smacking has on a child’s behaviour and personality. The shared conclusions of these studies outlines the following:

  • turns children into angry, resentful adults with psychological and emotional problems
  • they are more defiant towards parents and authorities 
  • the poorer their relationships with parents 
  • the more likely they are to report hitting a dating partner or spouse
  • they are also more likely to suffer mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse problems
  • less likely to empathise with others or internalise norms of moral behaviour

What a Parent Should Be Doing Instead

Here are the top 7 solutions to discipline a child without the need for smacking:

  • education
  • expressing disapproval
  • having a little discussion
  • ignoring & distancing
  • separation and replacement
  • time-outs (also known as “thinking time”)
  • verbal warnings

Temper Tantrums

Knowing how to effectively deal with a temper tantrum can diffuse the situation quickly and prevent anything regrettable from happening. Let’s take a look at the infographic below.

how to deal with temper tantrums

Published by Matthew

Director of Can Cubs - an educational centre which provides English tutoring, early years curriculum and parent, student & educator resources. In my spare time, I love tending to my garden and going mountain biking.

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