Smacking is such a controversial issue. I personally dont agree with it but I am also not about to tell other people how to parent their children as it ****s me when people try to tell me what to do. I have worked with young children for many years and tantrums are usually a result of the loss of self control. When this happens at work there is no option of a smack and I feel as though it may take a little longer but other methods do work. Louise Porter has an amazing book on behaviour management which changed my methods and thoughts - not that parents really get much time to read.