In the news recently, there is a Billings man accused of hitting his 2 year old hard enough to leave a bruise.

I'll be honest.  I've spanked all of my children.  My parents spanked me.  It put a healthy fear in the back of my mind, throughout my child-hood that went something like this;  "If I do this, is it worth what Mom and Dad are going to do to me?"  It worked.  It has also worked for my children.  However, I don't over-do it.  There is a time, a place, and a reason for a spanking.  I remember when my youngest went across Great Falls when she was allowed to go to the end of the block.  When my husband and I finally found her, I told her she was grounded.  He reaction was, "Good.  I don't want to do anything, anyway."  So, I took the grounding back and gave her a swift smack on the rear.

Do you spank your children?  Would you turn someone over to the authorities if you saw a child clearly misbehaving, and the parent smacked their butt?  I'm anxious to hear your opinions.

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