How do you know the majority of people smack like that?
If it isn't for pain, but just for shock then use a bell. Animals used to be trained with "a light tap" even that isn't ok....
People are being molly coddled, because they just repeat what they know. The cycle will continue as long as people keep doing it. History shows us that. It isn't until a few individuals step up and say isn't ok and then it has to spread (which takes years usually) and eventually the people that think it isn't ok start to outweigh the ones that do think it is ok. People used to dump their unwanted babies, but eventually the church started saying it wasn't a very good idea. Eventually everyone else started to think that too and people who did dump their babies were outcast and then criminal.
All change starts with a whisper.
The thing is that we are all so controlled and have so many decisions made for us that it doesn't come down to choice anymore. The world is going to end up like the George Orwell novel 1984. Im sock of there having to be a new law to stop people from doing things they know they shouldn't do. Think about the laws for car seats, government incentives for immunization, 4 yr old kindy is becoming compulsory, schools banning certain food and holidays. We are taking more and more steps towards the point where there are cameras in every room of every home to make sure we aren't doing the wrong thing.
And like I said I dont agree with smacking, I think alot of people go to far.
Did I say I think thats what the majority do? Cause thats what I meant. And I draw that conclusion from talking with other parents, seeing other parents on action, my step mum is a ta and you'd be surprised what kids tell her and even from my own childhood and that of my closest friends. So basically from personal experience. I've never seen anyone belt their children like I saw on 60 minutes with the exception of my father towards my brother but even then it wasn't as violent or often as that.