Beautiful Parenting in Africa: First Rule of Parenting

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Meme Boham

Hello Africa. How are you?

Here is another edition of the Beautiful Parenting in Africa Series. Some people are more visual learners and so I decided to start posting some of my writings on YouTube in video form (talk videos).

During a speaking engagement, I mentioned that I stopped spanking a while ago when I realised I was always spanking out of anger or the frustration of Lagos life.

The room went dead and everyone stared at me like I had just blasphemed. I explained that the spanking was never to teach positive behaviour. On the contrary, it was just because I didn’t like what my child had done and I wanted him to know I didn’t like it, so I resorted to beating.

Like I always say, in the end all he learns is never to do it in my presence again.

And so, No! I do not believe in beating my child as a form of discipline. I want to always be in control of my method of discipline. I want to discipline with my mind, not with my emotions.

Click on the link to watch the video

Enjoy!

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