That is the questionâ€¦ but the answer may surprise you. A recent study, highlighted in this article via theweek.com, will probably surprise you.
Even an author/blogger on the science of parenting (Iâ€™m serious) who is against spanking has even been swayed.
The Cliffs Notes version of the study is that judicial use of spanking for children between 2 â€“ 6 years old rendered more successful and well adjusted adults later in life.
The age range seems appropriate. At that young of an age children donâ€™t really understand advanced conceptsâ€¦ like reason. I believe the last time I was spanked (by my parents at least â€¦ yow!) was around the age of 5; and I obviously turn outâ€¦ umâ€¦ ok, well Iâ€™m the exception that proves the rule.