Raising a child is no easy feat – as parents we try our best to make sure that they learn how to interact with the world appropriately and sometimes that involves discipline. For most of us growing up, discipline meant “when the cane comes out”, But if reseaerch proves that doesn’t work as well, what should we do instead?
A first of its kind study in Singapore by the Singapore Children’s Society and Yale-NUS College on physical discipline recently revealed that half of parents who use physical discipline found that it was ineffective. Yet, it is still one of the most common methods of discipline – young adults in the survey said that while they ended up with strained relationships with their parents, they were likely to use physical discipline on their future children as well.
To understand how respectful parenting works and why it seems to be more difficult for Asians, we spoke to Kelly Tay, founder of Juicy Parenting and Joline J Lim, Director at Chapter Zero to give us insight into how respectful parenting can create a win-win situation.