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Spare the rod but don’t spoil the child: parents must set the right example

Survey of 62 countries reveals talking to children about misbehaviour doesn’t always fix it

Senior features writer

“I was a wonderful parent before I had children,” writes Adele Faber, the author of How to Talk so children Will Listen & Listen So children Will Talk.

But listening and children don’t always go together as a study on different forms of discipline, based on a survey of almost 216,000 families in 62 countries, shows.

Explaining to a misbehaving child what they did wrong may not always work, but it definitely beats spanking, which worsens aggression and distraction, the global research found...

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