Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
Got some light hits with a hair brush and belt as a kid---but no big welts from it.
As I am not a Neo-Communist Liberal, I see children as part of a family unit, and not as a part of a Big Brother cult. So I say a kid that really derserved it getting a few welts from a switch as nothing major.
What is worse are all the sperm fathers in the NBA and NFL who aren't any real part of their children's lives. Fatherless kids in the urban ghettos joining gangs an even far worse problem.
“Egotist, n. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.”
― Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
He fell apart instantly with the crying and apologizing.
I never had to touch him. The 'dad voice, the look, and those words took him apart.
I built him back up later by giving him special chores to do for his cousin and his aunt. He actually did a very good job as he wanted to redeem himself. Later I told him that I was proud of him for realizing his mistake, doing a good job with the make-up chores, and when I said the words "you aren't in trouble anymore" he started crying in relief.
IMO if you have to strike a child for anything other than legit self-defense (I've experienced some violent little children let me tell you what I have stories) or just to get their attention, you've already lost the situation.
Therefore, since the world has still/Much good, but much less good than ill,
And while the sun and moon endure/Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,
I'd face it as a wise man would,/And train for ill and not for good.