> You may be correct that there are better alternatives to giving a
> kid a few whacks in most cases. However, I still think it is
> appropriate in cases of really bad behavior when all else has
Our premise was that causing physical pain was sometimes justified
when the kid did something likely to cause physical damage -- to
herself (since both our kids are female) or to others, but very
rarely in any other case.
So when a kid pried a safety cap out of an electrical outlet and
started probing with other devices -- we were determined that there
*would* be real, unpleasant physical consequences to her, but also
that the *natural* consequences were unacceptable in their
unpredictability and potential severity.
(On the other hand, we never spanked our kids with anything other
than the open hand. We figure that with a belt, if you really *know*
how hard you are hitting, you are getting too much practice.)
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