Parental Discipline Law & Legal Definition

Parents of a child may use reasonable force or impose reasonable punishments on their child to control, train, and educate the child. This process is called parental discipline.

The parents have a right to exercise control over their children; provided that they use reasonable force on them to control, train and educate them. The law recognizes this parental right as the Parental Discipline Privilege. The force used by the parent should be appropriate to the age, sex, physical and mental state of the child on whom the force is used. The nature of the misconduct of the child for which the parent exercises such corrective measures and the severity and foreseeable consequences of the punishment is considered to measure the severity of the act of the parent to determine if such act exceeds the parental discipline privilege.