There's a special on one of the morning shows about spanking of children - whether it's acceptable for a parent to spank their child, and what with (in terms of whether to set limits of hands only, or wooden spoons, rods, hairbrushes, etc).
This is one of those issues where change has come incredibly fast. I was spanked as a child, and up to ten years ago, there wasn't that much controversy about it. However, since that time, it has quickly become less acceptable to spank children - particularly using aids to this other than the hands.
We don't spank our son (and won't be) - my wife was overly disciplined physically as a child, and was dead against it. At the beginnings you have very little controls, but now, as he's approaching 20 months of age, he is responding pretty well to "NO", and though he's hardly an angel, I don't feel like we've been impeded much by not spanking. Of course, there are still a lot of years to go...
I'm not sure what I think of other parents spanking their children - my mother spanked my brothers and I repeatedly while we grew up, and my father never did, although when he lost his temper, you obeyed. My step-father used a wooden spoon (and in fact, broke it on us several times, the punishment for which was more cracks on the a$$ ). I have no tolerance for this as a parent, but I don't think I object enormously to parents smacking their kid on the butt (I don't consider it appropriate to strike your child anywhere else, really) with their hand if they're really misbehaving, providing it doesn't get out of control.
What are people's opinions on this?