When I was a kid, one of my biggest fears was getting in trouble and being punished by my parents.  Knowing that if I acted out and was in hot water enough to be punished, I'd have to face my father and his "Belt".  Growing up in the south, many parents believed then and even today in the bible's teachings of - "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child".

Now there might be evidence that punishing a child with spankings, could be detrimental to their mental development.

According to a new Canadian study, spanking children can cause long-term developmental damage and may even lower a child's IQ.

While spanking is certainly not as widespread as it was 20 years ago, many parents still do it and defend it as a parental right.

But more and more studies, including this most recent one, are showing that it could cause underlying damage to children.

"We're really past the point of calling this a controversy," said study author Joan Durant. "That's a word that's used and I don't know why, because in the research there really is no controversy.

"There are no studies that show any long term positive outcomes from physical punishment." - Source: Reuters

Now that I'm a parent, I am not sure If I agree with these findings? What are your thoughts on this issue of spanking children?

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