Justice in the Home
Children's voice and place in the home through discipline
According to Supernanny...
Why Children Need Discipline?
- has a significant influence on the child’s personality/goals & shows sense of security
- Should be viewed more as “teaching” your child, rather than “controlling” them
- Goal: educating them what behaviour is acceptable & how discipline is not just about punishment but recognizing/awarding good behaviour.
- for example: Maintain rules and authority at all times...."Bond with the child through realistic threats"
Children have the right to emotional and physical integrity
The main goal when spanking is to:
- punish misbehaviour to reduce recurrence of undesirable behaviour
- to increase desirable behaviour in the future
Spanking is ineffective:
- Children respond faster to other methods such as time outs
- Less of a long-term effect
- Can lead to later abuse
- Can be confusing and hurtful to children in multiple ways
- All UN members states, except the United States and Somalia, have participated in the idea of UN convention on the rights of the child
- In Janurary 2009, a poll was conducted to see if people of Australia thought that smacking a child should be banned, it turns out that 93.8 percent said no?
- 58 percent of citizens in UK thought that physical discipline of a child was OK in some situations.
- In 2002 legislation was developed where a parent could not provide force to the neck or head of the child, if it could harm the child for a period that is longer than “short” time.
- "Among young children aged 19 to 35 months, frequent parental use of discipline strategies ranged from 26% (spanking) to 65% (taking away toy or treat), 67% (yelling), 70% (using time out), and 90% (providing explanations)"
Autonomy and Adolescents
Based on a study "Adolescents' and Mothers' understanding of Children's Rights in the Home"
- Children and parents often disagree on how much autonomy a child should be given on personal issues. 96% of 10th grade mothers believed that they had the right to their child's personal diary. "Mom has the right to know"
- By the time children reach 10th grade (age 15-16) they are just starting to be given autonomy and self-determination.
- Parents judge how they treat their child and how many rights they 'can have' based off of their determination of their child's maturity.