Many Kiwi parents still consider smacking as acceptable

Many Kiwi parents still consider smacking as acceptable

A report is showing that a third of Kiwi kids are still smacked by their parents. The report also showed a third of mothers used smacking as a form of punishment and one in 10 parents said they frequently smacked their children. Shine client services manager Jill Proudfoot said a small smack as a form of discipline could often lead to more intense violence. "There's a continuum of violence that starts with a little smack and escalates. If they continue defying you then you have to hit harder and harder and do more serious things to control them." 


She said physical discipline was strongly entrenched in New Zealand culture and while the change in legislation had helped, more resourcing was needed to support families towards better parenting practices.

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