I'm sure this has been covered here before but I'm rather intrigued as to the general STW opinion on the topic of smacking. I've no intension of this thread turning into something controversial, although it probably will!
We recently had a family gathering with all my uncles, aunts & cousins and the conversation got round to this topic. We were all raised in the Highlands and mostly in small towns or villages. Generally speaking we were all raised similarly in that we all knew that bad behaviour had consequences. In the most extreme cases, when all other avenues of discipline were exhausted, we were smacked. In reality this was very seldom and only when we had 'really' stepped over the mark i.e. setting fire to my uncles shed...again!
I can't speak for the rest of my cousins and family but IME I can't really say that when I was smacked it did me any harm. In fact, now that I'm a little older (and wiser!) the knowledge that my misdemeanours had potentially 'unpleasant' consequences made me think twice. I never set fire another shed, although I'm still a total pyromaniac!
Would I be right in saying that the 'general' populous believes smacking is a horrific things that shouldn't ever be considered, regardless of the circumstances?