TOOGOOM mum Kim Dalagaris does not smack or yell at her kids, instead she gets on their level and disciplines them through conversation.

The mother-of-two understands every parental journey is different, but said for her the approach known as 'gentle parenting' was best for her.

"For me it's about respecting your kids from the minute they're born and treating them with understanding and compassion," Kim said.

"As they grow up through difficult stages like tantrums and teething, for me it's really about putting ourselves in their shoes,  trying to understand their behaviour and how I can help them to work through different things."

When Kim's children; two-year-old Annabelle and 10-month-old Daniel misbehave or throw a tantrum, Kim stays calm and tries to get her children to tell her why they are upset.

Do you think 'gentle parenting' is a good way to raise children?

This poll ended on 09 April 2016.

Current Results

Yes. Smacking and yelling is never okay.

60%

No. Children should be taught to behave, no matter what it takes.

14%

It depends on the situation.

25%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

She said she had never been in a situation where she felt the need to smack her children.

"There's never been a time when I thought that would make the situation better," she said.

The 27-year-old is part of a group of about 100 Fraser Coast mums who also take a gentle parenting approach.

The group connects through a Facebook page and has regular meetings.

"It's all about supporting each other, there are no negative comments or any judgement," Kim said.

"(Support) is so important for new mums because it can be a really tough time sometimes."

Do you think the gentle parenting approach should be used by mums? Let us know in the comment section below.



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