One hundred years ago men were allowed by law to 'spank' or otherwise physically punish their wife if they saw fit. As time is passing we are evolving to a point where most can recognize that all types of physical 'punishment' is barbaric, and used by those who do not have the intelligence or patience to guide their children in a more loving, respectful and appropriate manner. There are no excuses, with all the research available nowadays, the communication amongst parents, and the fact that we really are evolving into a more loving and respectful species; it is clear that there is no room for striking children or any human being for that matter. If you want your children to have confidence and respect for others, then you can't treat them like animals. Plain and simple. Any denial of this is just a result of cognitive dissonance
The Jones' are your normal, healthy, happy, and well balanced family next door. Well, I am not Mrs.Jones. So don't worry about keeping up. I am a 40 year old home schooling, almost crunchy, wanna be farm owner, Jewish mom.