So I have an older sister who recently moved her family to Africa to teach for a couple of years. She just sent me an email about seeing children being punished by kneeling on rocks and whipped with sticks. Her and her husband were horrified by what they saw and hearing the kids scream out in pain, but were mostly at a lost of what to do. If that were to happen here, in the U.S., they would have certainly stopped it and called the police. But how do you deal with that when you are in a completely different country and culture where that is more of the norm. I know people who fully support spanking their children and I do agree that there is a difference between a small spank and beating your child, but still can not see what good can come of it. I think any lesson you are trying to teach a child centers around respect. Respect for ourselves and for others is the key to how we treat all people and how we act. This can not be taught through pain and humiliation! Teaching someone to fear you or fear a punishment isn't going to make them a good person who will do the right thing. It really makes me mad that not only is it legal but the law is so vague and varies state to state, cause physically hitting a child is an area we want to give wiggle room to. Of course its only ok if its your child, it is wrong and you can get in legal trouble if you spank a child that's not yours, that makes sense.