Spanking children is controversial. Although most professionals do not condone it, many acknowledge that it is a common practice for some parents. However, if spanking leaves a mark on a child’s body or if the child is harmed in any way, it is considered abusive. Many child protective service agencies define spanking or hitting a child with anything other then an open hand as abusive.
As a society we are learning more and more about appropriate parenting techniques. Clearly spanking isn’t one of them. If we expect children to use their words rather then their fists when they are angry or upset, we must learn to do the same. Spanking can send the wrong messages to children who are learning to handle their feelings and need good role models.