I think spanking is an extremely poor way to discipline. There are studies that say that it actually makes behavior worse, it teaches the child that hitting is an ok way to solve problems, and it damages the child's self-image. At least those things were true for me. Spanking guidelines say never to spank in anger, but if that was followed then spanking would never happen because once the parent has calmed down they can usually find a more appropriate way to correct the behavior. I could go on and on, I wrote a paper on this for my English Comp class lol.