Choosing whether or not to send your child to boarding school can be a tough decision for families.
Clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane says parents should involve their children in the decision-making process.
Having a child at boarding school affects the family dynamic. Jiyane urges parents to begin boarding school discussions early in a child's life.
She advises that boarding school is not a one-size-fits-all path and that a child's personality and temperament must be taken into account.
Children have different needs. There are those children that need more structure, nurturing and support.— Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist
It's important to understand each child in their own unique way.— Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist
Boarding school can affect the psychological development of a child and also has an impact on parents, Jiyane explains.
While some children thrive on independence, others need visible parenting on an ongoing basis.
Take a listen to the insightful discussion and callers share their boarding school experiences:
The Boarding School debate is going on on 702. I gave up on this one. Bae thinks that boarding school is "outsourcing parenting". @Eusebius— Siya Gupta-Motsepe (@siyabee) October 16, 2017
As a boarder at school I can say that it certainly forces you to grow up.Without prnts there the kids have to start looking after themselves— Muppet Hunter ZA (@MuppetHunterZA) October 16, 2017
@Eusebius I loved boarding school and was so happy to be around people my age - my parents wouldn't let me place with other kids, Freedom!— Karabo K. Kgoleng (@KaraboKgoleng) October 16, 2017
I hav never been to boardingschool and i am considering my 13year old to go boarding, but am also scared of losing the family bond with her— Wandapalu (@Wandapalu) October 16, 2017