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Interesting thread. Wouldn't be surprised to see lots of opinions on this.

If there are any other members here that are at the upper end of the "boomer" age, they may remember very well that it wasn't unusual to be disciplined at home. Yes that did include getting spanked, or on the very rare occasion getting a a real good whollop. But the discipline did not end at home. If we got out of line at school, common practice was the strap, or in some cases the ruler. Seems that there was a common methodology of dealing with kids who, for whatever reason, misbehaved. There used to be an old saying....spare the rod, spoil the child.

Having two kids of my own, now 17 and 21, when they were young, admittedly on occasion, they would get spanked. Not very often mind you but it happened. As they grew older, they started to realize that it's better to behave. Now if they screw up, and yes they still do, we talk things through. I agree that parenting skills are important, and most parents do their best, but after all we have never been parents before. If some kids today are perceived as being bad, may it's the parents who should be looked at. No expert at any of this....still flying by the seat of my pants. Just trying to do the best for my kids and steer them in the right direction.
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