CPS = child protective services, if you don’t know.
Do these people really exist? I keep hearing and reading about them, and can’t think of ANYONE who got CPS called on them for what turned out to be legitimate discipline. I’ve known a few people who worked in the field, and they’ve said that if it happens, they have never seen it. I can think of a few people who were concerned about having a CPS file, and for some very good reasons (moving ex-convicts in with the kids, denying the children medical care, that kind of thing).
I’m talking about things like parents who are hesitant to tell a child no or enforce rules because the child has said, “I’ll call CPS on you!” and they bend. Certainly there has to be more to that story. After all, only OTHER PEOPLE’S kids misbehave, and only OTHER PEOPLE abuse their children in the name of discipline.
And like I’ve said many times here and elsewhere, maybe I lead a really sheltered life, but I rarely see really horribly behaved kids out in public, and when I do, the parents are almost always acting worse than the kids.
ETA: I’m also aware that some people, like my mother when we were growing up, define discipline as “visible injuries”. That’s not what I’m talking about; the word is actually more about guidance than punishment.