I was one of those kids that were smacked well in to their teens with the wooden spoon, brushes, rulers - whatever Mum could get her hands on first - often accompanied with the famous "I'll give you something to cry about". I dont remember what any of those smacks were about - but I do remember being hit.
Did I learn anything from being smacked?
Yes I did - that its wrong. The thought of raising my hand (or anything else) to my child to ensite pain or fear makes me feel sick.