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Smacking and Children

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The issue surrounding parents, children, and the use of corporal punishment is one that is currently of extreme importance. Here, find the information on the consequences of smacking children, and positive alternative methods of discipline.

Is Smacking Children ever OK?

Smacking children is never ok for a number of reasons. Firstly, smacking children is a form of abuse that is punishable by law. Children have the right to feel safe and protected, and therefore should not be subjected to violent treatment. In addition, children tend to mimic the actions and behavior of adults. Children who are subjected to violence often lash out in violent ways themselves.

Consequences associated with smacking children:

  • can result in trauma and extensive harm to the child;
  • can lead to the destruction of trusted relationships;
  • poor self-esteem;
  • learning difficulties;
  • behavioral problems;

Where parents can go to get help:

By seeking support and attempting to learn new methods to better discipline children, parents are taking a critically important step. They can seek various forms of support including:

  • practical and personal  suppor, information based support
  • enroll in classes- i.e. anger management, parent training classes

Alternative methods of discipline:

Parents can discipline their children in a number of ways without ever resorting to hitting or smacking. When parents are upset they should:

  • take time to cool down before disciplining a child
  • explain the reasons behind their actions to the child
  • focus on encouraging verbal communication and interaction
  • explain how to prevent future occurrences to the child
  • be sure to remain both empathetic and patient when disciplining the child

The Quirky Kid clinic offers consultation, parenting training and our popular workshop, Raised on Praise.

References:
Raising Children Network , and  Kimberley O’Brien, Child Psychologist

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Divorce Workshops @ ABC Brisbane

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the Quirky Kid divorce workshop for kids, Doing The Splits,  with reporters at ABC Radio Brisbane. You can find out more about coping with divorce and fostering social skills, by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the ABC Radio Brisbane website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

Visit our website for more information about our quirky kid clinic. For enjoying unbelievable offers and discounts on our therapeutic resources, visit our shop page.

Social Skills and Divorce @ ABC Sydney

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed social skills and divorce with reporters from ABC Radio Sydney. You can find out more about coping with divorce and fostering social skills, by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the ABC Radio Sydney website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

Visit our website for more information about our quirky kid clinic. For enjoying unbelievable offers and discounts on our therapeutic resources, visit our shop page.

Cotton Wool Kids @ Practical Parenting Magazine

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed overprotective parents with reporters at Practical Parenting Magazine. You can find out more about the pros and cons of being an overprotective parent by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available on the Practical Parenting website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

Visit our website for more information about our quirky kid clinic. For enjoying unbelievable offers and discounts on our therapeutic resources, visit our shop page.