Our social development programs are too focused on welfarism and too little on healing the social pain that is overwhelming so many, writes Mamphela Ramphele.
Parents who spank their kids could face jail time.
Research has shown that spanking, shouting at or shaming children can elevate stress hormones and lead to changes in their brain structure.
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Corporal punishment contributes to the shaping of a culture that regards violence as a reasonable means of solving problems or communicating dissatisfaction, writes Eleanor du Plooy.
Corporal punishment diminishes the opportunity for a child to learn, creates a disconnect with the parent or guardian administering the abuse, and perpetuates the cycle of violence, writes Andre Fourie.
A Canadian study suggests that DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers.
Children subjected to harsh physical punishment may end up in relatively poorer physical health as adults, a new study suggests.
We live in an age of extreme understanding and fantastic sensitivity. Which is wonderful as long as the product of our sensitivity isn't spoiled and self-absorbed and entitled children, writes Howard Feldman.
In countries that have a complete ban on corporal punishment, the rates of physical fighting among teens are as much as 69% lower than in countries without such a ban, a study has found.
The normalisation of violence in our society has not allowed us to think of discipline outside of violence. Given the inherited trauma, we have developed violent coping mechanisms, writes Ashanti Kunene.
Does the Bible condone corporal punishment or other forms of retributive violence? You can certainly argue that it does, but it also self-corrects, and here is why and how, writes Riaan de Villiers.
The so-called "spanking judgment" sets a very dangerous precedent for other cases where children's rights have to be weighed against parental and religious rights, writes Michael Swain.
Spanking can affect a child's behaviour and learning ability for years, with the impact of physical discipline reverberating even as kids near adolescence.
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