OK, question on a spanking situation.
A parent strikes a child on the bare buttocks with a wooden ping-pong paddle until he cries loudly (probably talking about 25 to 35 blows). Buttocks are red for days after but no bruising. Child is not a routine behavior problem, about 10 years old. The offense was simple disobedience that did not involve any injury or risk to person or property whatsoever… just a disobedience that caused inconvenience to the parent.
Is there consensus on whether this is a regular spanking or if it’s child abuse? What is a regular spanking? Incidents like this were common in my childhood and my parents’ childhood and I guess their parents’ childhood too, but I think it would be considered abuse now. But if that’s true, then potentially a huge portion of the US population are victims of “child abuse.”