Kids having tantrum? Just talk to them…. nicely!

Yeah right!

The patest “P.C.B.S.” comes from new Australian laws set to take force next year in childcare centres

Childcare workers who send tantrum-throwing toddlers to “time out” risk hefty fines under national childcare laws to come into force next year. New regulations will expose childcare centres to penalties if children are required to take part in religious or cultural activities, such as Christmas tree decoration or Easter egg hunts. And family daycare providers will have to carry out criminal checks on neighbours, friends or relatives who visit their homes more than seven times a year while children are present. …..Childcare centres had banned smacking, and no longer used the “naughty corner” technique of isolating children who were violent or disobedient, she said. …Early Childhood Australia, a lobby group representing young children, said “separation” meant putting children in isolation. “They’re not talking about separating children who are fighting,” ECA chief Pam Cahir said. “Physical punishment is out. Staff need to sit with children and talk through the situation.”

So no smacking, no naughty chair, no time out, no isolation – just talk…. nicely.

Yeah – a kid having a tantrum or beating the crap out of another kid is really going to respond to that! No wonder this is happening.


8 comments for “Kids having tantrum? Just talk to them…. nicely!

  1. Phillipa
    3 April 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Exactly Bob.

  2. Marguerite
    4 April 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Talk about “kids” rule! This is beyond ridiculous! Even my 1yr old grandson knows about timeout! Talk to them? And what will they understand other than the syrupy sound coming from the “caregivers” mouth? I do something wrong and I get one on one attention.

  3. Dean Comerford
    4 April 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Interesting to note that 50 out of 50 Australians who have commented on this newspaper article were dead against it. That’s an even higher ration that the 87% who opposed smaking in NZ 🙂

  4. peter bryan
    4 April 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I guess then, in the future, those accused of criminal activities will not be imprisoned, the authorities will provide qualified people to sit & talk with them for whatever the accepted prison term would be!!

  5. Richard
    4 April 2011 at 6:14 pm

    The authorities have lost the plot – nanny and police state thinking -they say”…….let the kids do whatever they want, limit what parents/caregovers can do and tell the parents/caregivers how to raise their children….because they can’t think for themselves, us politicians must do it for them”…..I pray for this mentality to change!

  6. Stella
    4 April 2011 at 6:14 pm

    From the child’s point of view the one on one attention from the teacher could well be rewarding and therefore teach the child that the way to get attention is to misbehave. I had a really good book on sibling rivalry that pointed out that in the situation where one child hurts another, focus your attention on and comfort the child who has been hurt, ignore or give less attention to the child doing the hurting. Attention is rewarding, even negative attention can be rewarding for some children.

  7. Chris
    4 April 2011 at 9:03 pm


  8. Helen Johnstone
    11 April 2011 at 12:31 am

    So kids get 1 on 1 teacher attention for being disobedient? What better way to teach them to mis-behave!! It is exactly the opposite to how it should be. The well behaved, quite child deserves the attention – not the naughty one. How ridiculous.

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