I think that if your only recourse to teach your children to behave is physical violence than that person needs a course on parenting because it is the least desirable option to deal with raising a child, and IMHO it should not be seen as an option at all.
I am an admirer of the views of Dr. Phil on this issue. He has posted research about spanking and the cons among others are:
- Long-term consequences of spanking can include increased aggressiveness, antisocial behavior, and delinquency.
- Weaker associations for spanking such as a failure to learn right from wrong, subsequent criminal behavior, mental illness, and child or spouse abuse as adults, have also been suggested.
- Physical punishment can send mixed messages to a child and reinforce aggressive behavior. When parents model aggressive behaviors by spanking, they reinforce the idea that physical aggression is the way to get what you want.
- Spanking is associated with a poorer relationship between the parent and child. Children who were spanked feel less attached to their parents and less trusting of them. The more the child was spanked, the less close the parent/child relationship.
Beating a child of 4 with a part of a tree until visible wounds are found on his body is insane and should be punishable. And even worse is the attitude of the moron Peterson.
He talks about popping his son (4 frigging years old) 5 more times because he did not cry. How idiotic do you have to be do think that way. And that he has to a system on him because not crying is another indicator that a new system is needed because beating a child to that extend did not "serve it's purpose". His wife responded that he is wrong to hit him until he cries and that such behavior from a grown asshole NFL player whom the child must see as a bit of a giant with his 6.1 and 217 pounds (compared to a 4 year old). His wife also wrote that "he's trying to be strong for you. He's afraid of you. He's 4, he's not playing mind games on you".
If I were a judge in that district, I would only allow supervised visits for a very long time (if I would allow visits at all). But that is my personal opinion.