Let me say right off the top that I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to this question. For the record, I have only been a parent for just over a year now. My son (Jabari) is just over 14 months old. (By the way, when he turns two, I will no longer break his age down in months. Saying stuff like “my child is 27 months” old is ridiculous to me). At any rate, how do we as a community feel about spanking our children? Is spanking a child necessary? Does it instill discipline? Does sparing the rod spoil the child? Is spanking a child barbaric? Does it break a child’s spirit? Does hitting a child encourage aggressive/violent behavior?