Child Discipline

How my child was found wanting

Illustration: Pearl Law

"I want it!" My 2½-year-old son wailed again and again. He had worked himself up into a tantrum, and was unable to stop.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 1:29pm

Corporal punishment kills creativity

Many traditional Chinese families use corporal punishment to teach their children. They believe that once the pain is over, the lesson will be engraved on the child's mind and the mistake will not be repeated. It's an easy way of 'teaching' children right from wrong.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Connecting with teenagers means putting yourself in their world

When your teenager asks if she can go for an evening out with her friends, how do you respond? Even when parents say they will think about it, the response from the child may be: 'You never say yes to anything!'

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Does sparing the rod spoil the child?

Benjamin Siu, 17

St Joseph's College

Yes. Corporal punishment has played a part in disciplining children for centuries. Canes used to be, and still are in some countries, considered teaching aids. Teachers were expected, even encouraged, to use them.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

Crucial baby steps

For most people it's a lifetime's work, but there's no salary. Many agree it's one of the most important jobs they ever take on, yet people go into it with no experience and no training.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am