How parents can use non-violent forms of discipline

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Children are usually exposed to violence at home or at school, places where they should feel safe.

Clarence Ford speaks with parenting coach Karen Quail about teaching non-violent discipline, as part of a larger discussion about toxic masculinity.

A parent scolds a child. Photo: August de Richelieu / Pexels

Children are usually exposed to violence at home or at school, places where they should feel safe.

This is essentially how children are socialized to use violence as a way to resolve situations.

To build a more peaceful society that allows people to form healthier relationships, we need a different approach to disciplining our children.

It’s a parenting expert’s take on how to raise children who can resolve conflict peacefully.

Violence has been socially sanctioned…we see it all around us. And we have become numb to it.

Karen Quail, Founder of Peace Discipline

Our children learn partly by imitation. The subject competencies we use should model our values, not contradict them. We usually tell our children not to yell, hit and show respect, yet we yell, hit, humiliate, shame and disrespect them, under the guise of discipline.

Karen Quail, Founder of Peace Discipline

Quail said parents need practical tools to find an alternative to conventional discipline methods.

Parents and teachers try to guide children, but the methods they use are not good. We need to replace them with better methods that don’t hurt children and so we can have a better connection with them.

Karen Quail, Founder of Peace Discipline

Adults always complain that kids don’t listen to them, but if you watch interactions carefully, you’ll see that adults don’t listen to kids. We need to improve communication skills and we need to provide places in the home for routine and family rituals.

Karen Quail, Founder of Peace Discipline

To learn more about Karen Quail’s workshops, visit peacediscipline.com

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