I was slapped when I deserved it and turned out fine... I see a bunch of children rolling around screaming in isles at supermarkets, children threatening parents, and all this other crap that positive reinforcement will do nothing to help. I'm not saying abuse them or anything like that, but slight negative reinforcement when they are being bad has turned into "abuse" and being an evil person...
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I think we need to be careful about linking any sort of hitting of a child as discipline. People have different views of what discipline is. For you a smack may be ok, for another a smack with a belt is ok and for another a closed fist smack is ok.