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Smacking @ NewFm

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed smacking and corporal punishment with radio hosts Sarah and Steve St John from New FM in Newcastle. Quirky Kid is strongly advocates  against corporal punishment of children, including smacking. The story this segment was based can be viewed on News Website.

You can listen below:
Corporal Punishment and Children by Leonardo Rocker

You can read a fact-sheet by Quirky Kid on Smacking and some alternatives here: https://childpsychologist.com.au/resources/smacking-and-children

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time.

Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date.

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.

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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Facts about Smacking @ Daily Telegraph

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed toddler smacking with reporters at the Daily Telegraph. You can find out more about the dangers of hitting your toddler by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available on the daily telegraph 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.

Children Smacking @ Daily Telegraph

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed smacking and the new anti-smacking campaing with the AAP reporter Michelle Cazulli. You can find out more information about Self-esteem, smacking, parenting strategies, children behaviour and agression visiting our resources page  or discussing with other parents on teh forum.

The full interview is available on the Daily Telegraph Website.

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