Disciplining Your Child (for Parents) - Nemours Kidshealth
Parents, caregivers and teachers may find themselves wondering if physical discipline, such as spanking, is legal in Canada. This article addresses the where the line is drawn by Canadian law between criminal conduct and acceptable physical punishment of children. The law in Canada recognizes some situations exist where a parent or legal guardian may use reasonable force on a child. This defence is provided for in Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which reads:. Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.
For many parents, the idea of spanking their child is abhorrent. And yet, about a quarter of parents do it—despite a pile of evidence that it's the wrong approach. By Bonnie Schiedel November 5, His son and daughter, aged three and five, were bickering in another room. He hollered for them to come and see him—planning only to give them a talking-to—and when his son entered the room, his eyes were fearful, his hands were on his behind and he was standing as far as he could from his dad.
Whatever your child's age, it's important to be consistent when it comes to discipline. If parents don't stick to the rules and consequences they set up, their kids aren't likely to either. Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. So it's wise to eliminate temptations and no-nos — items such as TVs and video equipment, stereos, jewelry, and especially cleaning supplies and medicines should be kept well out of reach.