And if you're not sure how to do that? "I would recommend that parents start by talking to their pediatrician," Afifi suggested.
Based on past surveys, the vast majority of Americans were spanked as kids. So it may be pretty ingrained in the culture, noted Berger at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
"But just because you were spanked," she said, "doesn't mean it's right for your child."
The American Academy of Pediatrics has tips on disciplining children.
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