Often there is an error made concerning corporal punishment being confused between discipline and abuse. Corporal abuse is not acceptable for any reason. But there is a time and place for discipline, even to the point of corporal punishment. This article confuses the issue by assuming that corporal punishment is the same thing as abuse, it is not.
So what is corporal punishment? I believe it is using physical means to let the individual know what they are doing is not acceptable. Is incarceration corporal punishment? It is physically restraining and isolating an individual. Our prisons are full of children who were not disciplined with corporal punishment. But the ultimate corporal punishment is imprisonment followed by the death penalty. The world is full of productive people who were raised with corporal punishment. This raises the question as to cruelty. Is a pop on the behind crueler than isolation of a social animal, man? One is physical and the other is mental. So, is mental cruelty acceptable, but physical cruelty is not?
But make no mistake, a slap on the wrist or pop on the behind is discipline while beating someone until they are black and blue is abuse. And abuse is not acceptable.
There are theories of upbringing that say adults should never tell a child no. The adult should reason with the child. But my puppies have the mental age of a 2-year-old. I tell them NO! I do not try and reason with them. They get the message and stop what they are doing, or at least slow down. The same is true for children. A two-year-old does not have the reasoning capabilities to understand an explanation any more than my puppies. They do understand the word NO! And if that is not enough a pop on the back side is sometimes warranted. This is NOT abuse, it is discipline.
I use corporal punishment in my class, but without touching the child unless there is a question of their health. If they put their head down, I tell them to sit up. If that is not adequate, I tap on their desk. If that is not enough, I will touch their shoulder, to make sure they are all right as they were unresponsive to other stimulation. I have had some children claim my touching them that way amounted to child abuse. There are special training methods to use to restrain a child or adult without harming them. These are actually corporal punishment techniques.
The Bible says that if you do not spank (spare the rod), the child will not grow up being respectful (spoil the child). I see in the classroom every day children who have never been spanked. They are indeed spoiled and unruly.