'Ignoring a temper tantrum can be effective'

Last year the South Gauteng High Court ruled that parents would not be able to use the common law argument of reasonable punishment as a defence for spanking their children.

The Afternoon Drive team received a call from one of its listeners who enquired as to what other ways there are to discipline your child if corporal punishment is prohibited in the home.

Joanne Joseph spoke to Associate Professor at UCT's Psychology Department Dr Catherine Ward to find more appropriate ways of disciplining your child, especially in their toddler years.

They key thing to remember as discipline is we often get it confused with punishment and what you actually want as a parent is to help your child develop the good behaviors.

Dr Catherine Ward, Associate Professor, UCT Psychology Department

Children who are one or two can be very challenging, but keeping your eye on what you want them to do rather than what you don't what them to do is a helpful thing to have in mind. One of the things you can do is praise and reward the behavior you want to see...

Dr Catherine Ward, Associate Professor, UCT Psychology Department

The other thing you can do with children that young, temper tantrums become a big thing, one strategy is to ignore the behavior you don't want to see. Ignoring a temper tantrum can be very effect way. Eventually the child will realise that this isn't an effective strategy and you can later talk to them.

Dr Catherine Ward, Associate Professor At UCT's Psychology Department

The other thing you can do is redirect their attention. If they are playing with something you don't want them to play with, give them something else you don't mind them to play with...

Dr Catherine Ward, Associate Professor, UCT Psychology Department

Click on the link below to listen to hear more from Ward...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
 Act of kindness lands former beggar a job

Act of kindness lands former beggar a job

Vic Champer was driving around Auckland Park when his car broke down and Sibongiseni Nkosi assisted him.

How writing gave young author peace

How writing gave young author peace

Olwami Shangase shares how writing helped her find forgiveness when she found out her biological father rejected her before birth.

 Mild corporal punishment like child spanking linked to physical abuse - group

Mild corporal punishment like child spanking linked to physical abuse - group

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court will rule on whether the decision to make corporal punishment at home illegal was justified.

How the violence of corporal punishment can harm your kids

How the violence of corporal punishment can harm your kids

There's nothing innocent about child spanking. Child protection researcher Dr Stefanie Röhrs explores the detrimental effects.

[LISTEN] There is a difference between assault and spanking children

[LISTEN] There is a difference between assault and spanking children

The organisation, Freedom of Religion South Africa insists that chastisement does not amount to violence.

Child spanking outlawed as court scraps use of 'reasonable chastisement' defence

Child spanking outlawed as court scraps use of 'reasonable chastisement' defence

The defence of reasonable chastisement of children has been declared unconstitutional in the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

He was caught on camera earlier this month, bawling his eyes out when he saw the Bok squad at the start of their victory tour.

'No one wakes up and decides to treat a family corpse with a lack of dignity'

'No one wakes up and decides to treat a family corpse with a lack of dignity'

Eusebius McKaiser and callers discuss the incident where a family had to take a corpse to Old Mutual to get a funeral benefit.

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

Wits School of Economics and Business Science senior lecture Lumkile Mondi says the South African Airways crisis is self-created.

3 best JSE shares to buy, right now (by The Robert Group)

3 best JSE shares to buy, right now (by The Robert Group)

Devin Shutte (Head of Investments at The Robert Group) shares his stock picks of the week with Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show.

[WATCH] SABC reporter heading for danger during looting goes viral

[WATCH] SABC reporter heading for danger during looting goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

Got R50? No? Got R5? Personal finance expert Warren Ingram on how to buy shares with tiny amounts of money.

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

The economy is toast. Personal finance expert Warren Ingram shares 13 highly effective tips for making ends meet.