Proponents of spanking feel that it's an effective punishment; that occasionally spanking a child in an otherwise loving home is a good way to show that there are consequences for misdeeds. Opponents tend to feel that spanking teaches that violence is an effective way to end conflict. Some think spanking is straight-up child abuse. Keep in mind... when I say spanking, I mean a couple firm swats on the backside. Child abuse is NEVER acceptable or excusable. If you have reason to believe that a child you know is being abused, or if you fear your frustration with parenting may turn you into an abuser, PLEASE, contact the proper authorities. Which brings me to my question: how do you ladies feel about this issue? Do you spank your kid?