I wouldn’t dream of telling you (in this thread, anyway) how counter-productive, uncivilized, brutal, offensive, immoral, sadistic, bullying, or cowardly it is to chastise your weak and defenseless children physically, but I would like you to share with everyone the last occasion upon which you found it necessary to hit a child.
Under “hit” I am specifically including all (that I can think of, anyway) deliberate physical contact you had with a child in order to cause the slightest physical pain intended to teach that child anything at all. This includes spankings, swats, decapitations, whippings, and light taps of your forefingers on a child’s hand. If you’re ashamed of doing this (we all have our lapses) and if there was no lasting result, and if you’ve already apologized to your child for losing your self-control, and made it right to him or her somehow, there’s no point to your replying to this thread, but if it’s something you’re still pleased with yourself for having done, I’d be interested in knowing some details:
exactly what the child did to provoke your assault
how old the child was
whether your physical response was immediate, or whether you considered carefully all of your possible options
how you decided on the exact duration of the punishment–i.e. only three slaps, or using a open palm instead of a closed fist.
Whether you were dispassionate in adminstering the punishment, or in a state of emotional turmoil yourself
What you felt would surely be accomplished by physical chastisement that mere verbal or non-painful punishment (deprivation of privileges, grounding, etc.) could never accomplish
Whether you’re satisfied that your desired lesson was learned