Apparently, the mentality hasn't changed. Just the severity of those good wollopings have.
Eta: I'm not saying people who smack their kids do it because they want to give their kids one of those hidings but if I have to read the excuse "I should be allowed to smack my kids because if I'm not then the government is messing in my parenting" excuse again I might start ripping my hair out.
Eta number 2: While smacking and belting with a broom handle/cane/fire poker are different, the mentality that it's the best thing for them for whatever reason and the government shouldn't be able to stop that is. People used to justify belting their kids with all these things to ensure they grew up as respectful adults, to make sure they learned their lesson, for big and small infractions. And it was socially and lawfully okay because it was seen to be in the best interest of the child until it was outlawed. Now people have the same mentality toward smacking. It's socially and lawfully okay because it's seen to be the best thing for their children to learn how to behave in different situations and scenarios through corporal punishment.
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