"I never did anything most people would call spanking, which is usually a hard smack on a bare or nearly bare bottom. I did swats which didn't hurt all that much but got my child to pay attention to me. There is nothing unnatural about that sort…"
"Incapable yes, but we try to teach them the right way. I think there is no Mark I standard model human and trust me I was in the delivery room when my son popped out and I didn't see a manual come out with him. Not every kid is the…"
"No approach works 100% of the time, not even the "there's always a better way (than corporal punishment)" approach because, I hate to say, you have the occasional "bad seed." Some kids seem to be born psychopathic or even…"
"I don't know. I'm just saying i my experience I have seen kids get away with hitting their parents - the sit down and talk about it approach doesn't seem to work. Maybe a slap on the bottom would work for the more violent children."
"I would never teach a child that it's never right to hit or never right to engage in violence. Sometimes these become necessary behaviors. Sometimes they are merely convenient. For example, my child might want to set himself up with a useful…"
"Yes, it depends upon their age. I think we should also hit very old people too. Just to get their attention that is. Sometimes they may not be paying attention at the road crossing so a gentle slap on the backside might help to save their lives. As…"
"It depends upon their age. Very young kids can, I think, benefit from an attention-getting pop on the bottom, not intended to cause maximum pain but just to get their attention and let them know that at any moment a bigger person can intervene.
"Soft parents let their kids get away with all kinds of trouble these days. If it's not nipped in the bud at a young age then kids will grow up thinking they can get away with anything. They need to be taught to respect their fellow human at a…"
"I'd still call it a positive punishment since you were adding a physical indicator of father's disapproval, as opposed to a simple painful aversive stimulus.
I would not recommend the style of punishment Virgil described from his parents.…"
"As soon as my daughter had reasoning ability and a sense of fair play, corporal punishment stopped. Before then, corporal punishment was generally 1 to 3 swats on the bottom. Hardly enough to hurt and done not to express my anger but to gain her…"
"As a father of 2, I will be happy to weigh in. Personally I used a little corporal punishment when they were small. However, not before they were old enough to fully communicate and understand what you were telling them. I would tell them exactly…"