To spank or not to spank?

Like natural birth, breastfeeding and diapers, it seems whether you give your little one a swat on the rear when he’s naughty is one of those practices parents often have strong opinions on. You may have seen recently that the Pope said it’s OK to spank – as long as a child’s dignity is maintained. I’m not sure I know what that means, but it does seem what’s considered appropriate discipline is rapidly changing in the U.S.

What we might have thought about as acceptable 30 years ago might get some disapproving glares nowadays. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that corporal punishment is of limited effectiveness and may cause serious damage. But plenty of parents seem to be doing it. A poll conducted by found that 81 percent of the 1,000 people they surveyed had done it at least once, while 22 percent do so once a week or more. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know on Facebook

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