I think I spanked my oldest maybe three times. Some would say that's why he's such a brat now at 35 However, I'm just not one to spank and truthfully I don't think it would have made one bit of difference in 35. My parents were horrible. I could tell stories that would turn into a novel. But they didn't spank me. Maybe that's why it isn't in my nature to spank either. I don't think it helps kids. On the other hand, I've never gotten angry seeing somebody swatting a toddler lightly on a padded butt or on the hand. I think a belt is over the top and frankly I just don't like the idea of hitting to correct a behavior. You? Remember. Keep it light and friendly When I see somebody slap a child in the face...well, them's fighting words.