How Do You Discipline Your Kids? (Hopefully Not Like Jamie Oliver...)

17 November 2014

Naughty Step

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that your little darlings aren't exactly, well, little darlings all of the time. Even the most angelic of kids has their off days or their moments of brattishness, and every parent has to work out how to discipline their child when those occasions rear their ugly heads.

But it seems celebrity chef and father of four Jamie Oliver has a pretty unconventional approach to disciplining his children.

Indeed it seems Jamie's 12-year-old daughter, Poppy, got rather more than she bargained for after being disrespectful to her father on one occasion.

In a recent interview with the press, Jamie reportedly admitted to rubbing a fiery Scotch Bonnet chilli on slices of apple which he then gave to his unsuspecting daughter.

Jamie reportedly said:

"I give them chillies for punishment. It is not very popular beating kids any more, it’s not very fashionable and you are not allowed to do it and if you are a celebrity chef like me it does not look very good in the paper."

Evidently he was joking (we hope...) although this definitely got the Playpennies team talking today.

Specifically, we were wondering what kind of punishments other parents dish out to their kids?

I'm pretty sure none of the parents I know would ever resort to the Jamie Oliver school of discipline, but we've heard a few horror stories about mums and dads whose approaches to discipline leave a lot to be desired.

So what does discipline look like in your house? Do you swear by the naughty step or is it all about removing privileges such as screen time or favourite toys if your kids step out of line?

And how much do you think that the way you were disciplined as a child has a bearing on the sort of approach you take to disciplining your own kids, now that you're a parent?

Image credit: Flickr/Alex Segre

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