Reports and psychological studies are coming out now saying that spanking ultimately does more damage than good when used as a tool for discipline.
I don’t know if I believe that. I, like most of my peers, was spanked as a child, and I had a healthy respect for my parents. I personally think that kids today are much more disrespectful and mindless of the consequences of their actions or unacceptable behavior than the kids growing up 30 years ago. While I don’t think the automatic or universal reaction for a misbehaving child should start with a spanking, I do think that there are times where a light spanking is an appropriate form of discipline. I know I have seen those kids in Wal Mart (or wherever) and thought “That child could benefit from a swat on the butt”.
I want to make it clear I don’t condone child abuse, but I personally don’t think a swat on the rear end is a reason to call the authorities and protective services.
So I would like to hear your thoughts…is spanking an acceptable and effective form of discipline? Or will a spanking lead to damaging psychological issues that should render spankings an obsolete form of discipline?