Corporal punishment is the use of physical force as punishment, often used as a form of discipline. Historically, tools such as canes were often used on children, but in recent times it has only become accepted to use ones hands for providing corporal punishment to children. In very recent times corporal punishment has been viewed as ethically unacceptable, and people who do so are shunned by society. But where do you stand on the issue?
I myself support corporal punishment, but only when it is done so just enough force is done to justify the discipline, not something like full on punching a kid in the face or throwing them around like a ragdoll. Something I find acceptable would be a slap to either the backside or the cheek. I myself have had much experience with corporal punishment. As a kid I was well behaved (which my parents affirm) but this was because my dad used corporal punishment on me when I did something silly. I remember one time I completely disrespected my dad (me being silly of course) which led to a slap to my backside, and I was off for much of the day crying in my room and regretting what I had done.
Recently, my dad remarried to someone else and they had kids. My half-brother from this has always been a trouble maker. My dad will rarely use corporal punishment any more, which causes the kid to be rather disruptive and just disrespectful. He can run around the house and call my step mum an idiot, and all she will do is send him to the "naughty corner" of his room for five minutes. Does it stop him from being disruptive? No. He thinks it's a joke and keeps on doing it. One time he was playing with my door opening and closing is repeatedly, and I finally got fed up with him and deliberately (but lightly) closed the door on his fingers. Sure, I got abuse from my step mother for causing pain to the kid, but the kid doesn't play with my door anymore. I believe by using corporal punishment, it sends a clear message to the child to not do something that is unacceptable. Using something such as the "naughty corner" barely works because it doesn't enforce what should be acceptable and what isn't. It's just a minor delay for the child, and he or she is typically too young to understand the point of the "naughty corner".
So where do you stand on the issue?