Menu
Lifestyle

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

IT TOOK the strength of her 10-year-old son to prompt the change, but Susie O'Neill says she's quit smacking her children.

The Australian swimming legend said she had always used smacking as a form of punishment around the home, but in recent weeks has flipped and put the palm away.

"The other day I wanted my son to go to his room and he wouldn't so I physically tried to drag him there but that's when I realised he is a whole lot stronger than me now," Susie said.

"Physical punishment won't work."

She said smacking out of frustration and anger now felt more wrong, than it did right.

Susie O'Neill says she has done a 180 on smacking.
Susie O'Neill says she has done a 180 on smacking.

"I did it because that's what I knew growing up, but I also find it hard to communicate feelings and put things into words," she said.

"Plus I was smacked and it never hurt me."

But a subject at university helped her understand why smacking hadn't worked in her home for the past 12 years, and why it probably wouldn't start to work now.

"I am doing a uni course on psychology now and it shows that smacking and physical punishment really doesn't work. Positive reinforcement does," Susie said.

"I still want to do it sometimes, and I do it sometimes out of habit, but I try not to because kids don't learn from that."

Miss last week's episode on technology? WATCH IT HERE

Topics:  heymumma heymummasmack



Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

No Caption

Service will not resume as expected

Local Partners

These are the sex capitals of Australia

SAUCY new data has exposed the romantic suburbs where sex is most in demand across the country — and the results will surprise you.

Aussie couple road tests hotels by having sex in them

Justin and Jess have revealed their steamy hotel experiences.

They won a comp to share stories of getting lucky in hotel rooms

‘I have slept with 100 people’

The documentary is one person’s quest to track down their 100 past sexual encounters

Documentary counts down one person’s full list of sexual encounters

Pregnant Erin Molan hospitalised

Erin Molan has been announced as the new host of the Footy Show. Picture: Jonathan Ng

She collapsed, hitting her head on the ground

Botched jump led to years of hell

Hilary Judith nearly died in a skydiving accident. But that was only the start of the trauma.

Her body was reliving the accident, over and over again

Return to sender

HEAR THE ECHO: The Mountain Story is a metaphor for life in general.

Like a voice echoes in the mountains, in life we get what we give

Tough love day care

.

Nothing quite like a headbutt in modern child raising