Keeping control of children

A large number of Australian parents still approve of smacking their children

What are the best forms of discipline for parents of young children to use? 

controlling children

A recently released position statement on the physical punishment of children from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians describes smacking as having limited efficacy as a method of discipline and states that "it is never acceptable to hit a child".1

Notwithstanding this official position, it's surprising how many parents still approve of smacking: a 2006 Australian survey found that 69% of adults believe it is sometimes necessary to

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