The nerve of some people!!!
Yesterday, I was at the store with my 2 1/2 year old and he was screaming bloody murder and throwing the biggest fit ever, so I abandoned our cart and set him down on the floor, got on his level and said "I will count to ten and you better shape up or you get a spankin." I was calm about it, I don't react to temper tantrums I just try to stay calm. He gets a swat on the butt when he is super naughty (not very often I do this). Some lady overheard me and said "If you spank that child I will call the police." I was shocked and dumbfounded. I told her she needs to mind her own business. Who in their right mind would approach an obviously stressed out mother of a screaming child and comment on her parenting style? I certainly wouldn't in fear of getting punched!
After I told her to mind her biz, she told me it's normal for young, single mothers to abuse their child. Are you kidding me? I almost spanked HER!
I think there is a fine line between spanking and hitting. Some children need to get spanked, but I don't believe in spanking your kid out of frustration!
I just had to get it out, it's been bothering me all day!