If you strike a child, I qualify that as physically abusing them. Child abuse is a problem, and anyone who participates in it deserves punishment by law. To hit someone is never good, including your own children.
There is absolutely no reason to strike or use violence towards your child, ever. There has been plenty of research that shows that it only leads to children that are more prone to violence.
You always get arguments that spanking should be allowed as you need to teach children respect. But then you don't understand the difference between respect and fear.
Bear in mind that in Sweden using physical punishment had been illegal since 1979 with absolutely no negative effects whatsoever. As of today, 31 countries have laws against using physical punishment.
The answer to if parents or indeed *anyone* should be legally allowed to spank their children is a clear and loud "No".
Yes, keeping in mind the difference between spanking and beating. Also keeping in mind that may be the last time you'll see your child if Child Protective Services finds out. Their 20 days of training makes my 64 years of life useless. I only raised 3 kids and took in a homeless 14 year old boy for 8 years. Question should be 'should we let the police do their job', which they have significant training at, or not shoot cps on sight. So what does legal mean. It sure doesn't mean Constitutional or this question would not have been asked.in the 1st place.
Some children never need to be spanked. They are the rare ones though. The bible instructs parents that if they spare the rod they spoil the child. Mankind is fundamentally evil and the time to help him/her to conquer the innate evil tendencies is in childhood. Failure to help our children defeat this enemy is the real child neglect and abuse. We commit them to a future of misery by their own design...uncontrolled and uncontrollable.
I disagree. Spanking is one of, if not the most effective form of discipline. Pain gives you a memory of what NOT to do. My Meemaw Sophie spanked all of us, and we turned out just fine!