Crime and punishment – how can parents get it right?

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Punishment should come from love and protection, not anger, experts say.
Punishment should come from love and protection, not anger, experts say.
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Imagine if kids came with a manual. How simple life would be. But in real life, there’s nothing straightforward about parenting.

You might think you’ll know what to do if a certain situation arises – as is often the case with those who don’t have kids. But, as those who do have kids know, the ever-changing dynamics of family relationships makes it pretty much impossible to predict what your offspring will throw at you.

There’s been a lot of judgement going on recently in the wake of a social media post about a 14-year-old child who was punished by her father for coming home with a lovebite. The father’s reaction was to take away the teen’s cellphone and cut her hair.

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