Season 4 Episode 48

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Spare the rod and spoil the child?  The ANC is going to make it against the law to physically punish your children and has mothers and grannies all over the country up in arms. ” This man, Zuma, can’t just come into my house and tell me how to bring up my children ”  ” If you can’t smack them they end up on the street doing drugs and all those things…” Traditionally children have been beaten when they misbehave and it is the belief of many women that without that option, the kids will have no respect for their elders and just do what they want. ” Just talk to the teachers in the schools and they will tell you how the kids behave when you can’t punish them…”

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2 Responses to Spanking

  • Melissa George
    Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:37am

    It is sometimes ‘ok’ to hit a child but just like everything else, there is a manner in which it is to be done. I agree that to safeguard the children, it is easier to ban physical punishment. what we could look at is guidance for the parents on how to raise children and discipline might help the situation. Most parents allow babies to go undisciplined because it is ‘cute and they are still small’…meantime this is the time to do so or in the end you will sit with your head in your hands and wonder where you went wrong. Remember, when you’re a child, that is the smartest you’ll ever be…best time to learn!

    • Lesley-Anne Johannes
      Wed, 3 Sep 2014 7:50am

      Children need and want boundaries, and I agree with you Melissa, there is a right way which leads to well functioning contributing members of society, and then there’s the wrong way which often leaves the door open to abuse. I think guidance is definitely needed in all aspects of parenting – you can only teach what you know – so I think spaces like these are essential for getting conversations started so that solutions can be identified.

      Thank you for your feedback Melissa!

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