When I was a Scout leader, the kids who were the problems came from homes with no discipline of any kind. That, in my opinion, is just as much child abuse as physical abuse. If spanking is done right (not abusively) it can be effective. If "talking to" is done right, it too can be effective. The key is consistency, love and making sure the child understands what the punishment is about. Too many parents today want to either totally ignore their children or else "whack 'em cause they must have done something". Both extremes are, or should be, a crime.
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