"There is a massive difference between a spank on the buttocks and child abuse": Readers respond

2018-12-05 16:32

What is your take on smacking children as a means of disciplining them?

Scaring or scarring: Does the Boogeyman really work for disciplining a child?

2018-08-23 12:40

Invoking the threat of punishment via an otherworldly character might take playing the bad guy out of a parent's hands, but are we just creating future anxieties and fears for our children?

Speaking gently: 20 things you should never say to your children

2018-08-20 16:25

Words can be extremely damaging, and while we cannot always protect our children from the words they are exposed to in their surroundings, we can make sure the ones we use when speaking to them are nurturing, supportive and full of love.

Are you raising a brat? You have to read this

2018-03-23 12:00

There’s a thin line between confident and annoyingly entitled, as Margot Bertelsmann discovers

Experts on overindulging: ‘Step away from the snack table!’

2017-12-22 10:00

Here's how to make sure you don't overindulge these holidays and start the New Year filled with regret.

No more smacking: thinking big picture or micromanaging? Our readers respond

2017-10-24 17:28

Overstepping a boundary? Or a much needed change? Our readers debate the recent ruling deeming physical discipline of a child unlawful, even in the home.

'My granddaughter is a spoilt brat': a frustrated grandma's week-long nightmare

2017-10-06 18:03

This grandmother loves her granddaughter. But after the three-year-old stayed with her for a week, she's not sure she likes the little girl very much.

How to child-proof your marriage

2017-08-31 16:36

Marriage requires a serious amount of work, communication and time.

Disciplining your children: reward or punishment? Every child is unique

2017-08-16 10:41

Rachael Sharman writes about disciplining your children after explaining that each child has a different personality and therefore responds to different disciplinary techniques.

Five alternative discipline strategies that actually work

2017-07-21 17:17

Positive parenting is hard work, but the pay-off could be immeasurable.


"My father is going to smash me when I go home": Khabib Nurmagomedov may be an undefeated champion but he still has to answer to his dad

2018-10-10 15:36

Did you ever think you could relate to a UFC fighter? The professional mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov from Russia remains the undefeated UFC Lightweight champion... but outside the cage he's just like the rest of us, afraid of disappointing a parent. And his dad remains a parent, even to his adult son.

5 alternatives to saying "no" to your children

2018-08-22 10:41

Are you tired of constantly telling your child "no" only for them to continue being uncooperative? Give these simple tips a try!

How to help that parent struggling in public

2018-04-18 11:52

Be kind, because the struggle is real.

The consequences of spanking your child might be more severe than you think

2018-01-30 12:27

Can spanking lead your child to be violent in future relationships?

Disciplining your child in public

2017-12-21 12:47

What do you do if your child flies into a rage in public? Should you give in or discipline them?

Smacking your child is officially illegal in SA now

2017-10-20 16:59

On 19 October 2017, a ruling in the Gauteng High Court put an end to any form of corporal punishment at home.

5 tips for first-time stepmoms

2017-09-19 14:31

Sometimes the perfect man you’ve been waiting for has a child, and tackling this for the first time can be overwhelming. Here are tips to make sure you don’t end up being called the evil stepmom.

Is it possible to discipline your child without reward or punishment?

2017-08-18 10:04

Research shows that giving your child the scope to be self-directed is much more powerful than traditional notions of punishment or reward. But they do need limits, here's how.

Are you a mom or a friend?

2017-08-11 17:31

Being your kids’ best friend rather than their mother can cost you.

Bullying: "It's the teachers' responsibility"

2017-03-06 13:34

Our readers respond to the bullying incident at a Western Cape school.

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