I am not a parent, but I work along side children every day. I can see how society has shaped these new generation parents. Society has put in the minds of these parents that spanking is abuse. Now don't get me wrong you know your child better than anyone else, that child may not need that form of discipline. Its the parents that let their children talk back to them, hit them, disrespect other adults, among other things who need to reevaluate their discipline methods. I am a child of this new generation and I can tell you I will spank my child if I feel its necessary. I wasn’t the best kid, but I was mischievous. I couldn’t have a child that deliberately disrespected me. I think that discipline, like spanking, is important. Especially if you have a child that is a problem.
I worked at a bakery for a short time, and during that time I could not believe what I saw. While talking to parents about cakes amongst other things their child was hitting them, grabbing items, and screaming at their parents. All while their parents either fussed or ignored them. Once the parent was ready to leave, they bought their child a treat. At that point not only did the child embarrass them, they rewarded them with a cookie for their behavior. At that moment, I wish I could have refused service. I think that past generations would have taken action once a child fell out of line. My mother would have taken me into the bathroom or outside and would have taken care of my behavior, but now for some reason people think of it as abuse. My mother never left a mark on me; I wasn’t depressed because of how she disciplined me. Parents these days are scared of how other parents will judge them. Whatever discipline works for you as a parent, and your child minds you and respects you keep up the good work.