10 ways to discipline without smacking
About to blow your lid?
Smacking is rarely a planned, thought-out response. We lash out when we're seeing red - then feel dreadful afterwards. Plus, whilst it may stop a misbehaving child in his tracks, long-term it can make matters worse.
When a parent smacks, the child gets the message that this is how to deal with anger, and may start hitting other kids. Even if he doesn't, it's more likely to lead to defiance rather than respect for you.
So, if you feel anger bubbling up, take a deep breath and remove yourself from the situation for a few moments. This acts as a diffuser for grown-ups, and can be enough to avoid crossing un-necessary boundaries and smacking.
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