[LISTEN] Masterclass: Disciplining kids without corporal punishment

Experts say there are numerous advantages to learning alternative techniques for instilling discipline in children.

Educational Psychologist Tshepiso Matentjie joined Azania Mosaka in studio to explore these alternatives and understand the impact of corporal punishment on a child.

Matentjie says corporal punishment tends to create fear and anxiety in children.

For those type of kids, just the threat that you will punish them, you might find that corporal punishment and the promise of it is a deterrent.

Tshepiso Matentjie, Educational Psychologist

Matentjie says in the process of punishing, parents are teaching their child certain behaviours.

When a child is hooked onto that, it is hard to break that association that I can't handle my emotion or frustration and I have to act it out. We all experience emotions but now you are trying to teach them more socially adaptive ways and it is very difficult to unlearn that behavior and rewrite the script.

Tshepiso Matentjie, Educational Psychologist

Suggesting alternatives, Matentjie says parents should not fear their children.

You want them to have a moral compass but how do I teach you to develop a moral compass when I can't demonstrate it to you?

Tshepiso Matentjie, Educational Psychologist

It [moral compass] is supposed to be mediated. The more you are engaging with your child, you are actually incalculating certain values.

Tshepiso Matentjie, Educational Psychologist

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