spanking can get to be a short cut for the attention the child is requesting. Everyone child is different, what worked with one didn't work with the other.
In the end, I found that giving my child a minute or two of my attention was enough for him to feel secure and content to go off and play and let me then do my chores.
My second child was mischievous and required me to pay attention and when he was going in the wrong direction I playfully encouraged him in a correct direction. This misdirection worked where spanking him only made him act out.
I loved being a parent and I did best when I threw out the parenting books. A child will look to you for example and he will test your limits. If a parent does not teach his child, someone else will.
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