Is smacking children ever ok?
Corporal punishment is legal in Australia. But it seems every parent has different boundaries.
We’re joined by parents who believe in a firm hand and hear from parents who use other methods of keeping kids in line – everything from ‘time out’, removal of privileges, withholding food, or, as one of our guests puts it simply, “The Look”.
Presenter: Jenny Brockie
Pinky McKay and Larissa Sampson
Pinky McKay has written a book for toddlers and says discipline techniques such as smacking, putting children in the naughty corner and shaming are inappropriate. Pinky has five adult children including daughter Larissa who is a psychologist and has a son of her own. Larissa says there’s plenty of cross-cultural research showing even occasional smacking increases aggression in children.
Watch Pinky’s responses at 9:51 and 17:05 and Larissa Sampson at 48:46