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National campaign for promoting non-violent disciplining of children

Every parent strives to provide their child with the best opportunities for development, care, support and protection while they are growing up. With the development of society, the challenges of modern life, but also with new knowledge, parents are getting chances and opportunities to improve their approaches to raising their children.

During the last 15 years, we have witnessed a significant change in the attitude of parents regarding which disciplinary practices yield results when it comes to forming desirable child behaviours. Today, over 90 per cent of parents agree that violent disciplining is not good for the child. The experience from professional practice and research also confirms its harmfulness. Corporal or psychological punishment harms and humiliates the child, develops mistrust and insecurity, and undesirable behaviours are often repeated. Because the authority built on fear and violence generates fear and violence that the child transfers into relationships with others, often throughout their entire life.

However, almost half (45 per cent) of children aged 1 to 14 still experience corporal and psychological punishment. Such disciplining methods are most often used with small children who start receiving corporal punishment already at the age of 2 to 3.

Today, we know for sure that there are non-violent alternatives that are more effective and many parents in Serbia are already using them. We encourage all other parents to stop, think, and take a brave new step. Listening to and understanding the child’s needs and adopting non-violent parenting practices is the best way to be a positive example for your child for establishing boundaries that are based on understanding, patience, consistency and respect.