'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...


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Ignoring a temper tantrum can be effective'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
ANC says grievance panel has been established following complaint against Mabe

ANC says grievance panel has been established following complaint against Mabe

Mabe's personal assistant has accused him of sexually harassing her.

South Africans most negative people in the world - survey

South Africans most negative people in the world - survey

The survey has found South Africans to be the most negative people in the world with regards to the outlook on global poverty.

 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
'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

Ray White interviews Pauli van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Walter Mangold, the owner of the popular tourist attraction in Hout Bay, was targeted by two men on the premises on Sunday.

Judge Dennis Davis explains estate duty when your spouse dies

Judge Dennis Davis explains estate duty when your spouse dies

Some recommendations by the Davis Tax Committee were met with concerns from members of the public on how they will be affected.

ANC candidates for 2019 must not repeat mistakes of the last 10 years - Rasool

ANC candidates for 2019 must not repeat mistakes of the last 10 years - Rasool

WC ANC election head Ebrahim Rasool outlines the type of candidates the party wants representing it in Parliament.

Couple's 20 000 km cycle tour from Amsterdam ends in the Mother City

Couple's 20 000 km cycle tour from Amsterdam ends in the Mother City

A Knysna couple who cycled 20 000 Km across 20 countries finally arrived in Cape Town on Sunday ending their 18 months journey.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.