Girl ‘waterboarded’ as discipline
‘Hair-washing’ activity may actually have been torture, suggests evidence.
US: A mother whose daughter allegedly had her head held under running water by her long-term partner has disputed that he had been “washing the girl’s hair” as claimed by his attorneys. She insists that he had repeatedly held the girl underwater and that there had been no shampoo present, reported Washington Post. The absence of shampoo would refute his claims that he was merely washing her hair, she has stated.

More sinister motives?

The girl’s mother says that her former partner would use the term “hair washing” as a threat or punishment for the girl, and that this would involve the man waterboarding the girl by holding her head under a running tap. The man, a former paediatrician, has also previously researched near-death experiences in children. He has claimed that the girl was merely opposed to having her hair washed.

His trial continues.

Waterboarding is a torture technique which involves using water and sometimes other equipment such as towels to create the sensation in the victim that he is drowning.

Read: Child abuse: you can help

How not to torture your children

Obviously torture is unacceptable as a tool for parents. While various opinions rage on the types and applications of discipline which are acceptable, waterboarding is clearly not on the list of good-parenting skills.

Read more about discipline, spanking, positive reinforcement, time-outs (and more) here:
Ban the smack!
To smack or not to smack
How to discipline
A 'good' beating?
Bring back the smack!

There are plenty of ways of encouraging the best behaviour in children without resorting to violence.

What form of discipline would you say works best?

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