Dad had a terrible temper and smacked (hit) us. He pretty much had no other parenting technique.
Mum was...ineffectual, her favourite saying was 'I'll tell your Father when he gets home'.
In saying that my childhood was happy, they spent a lot of time with us, camping, playing board games, got involved in our sports etc.
They instilled a strong work ethic and that having a job is a must. We got jobs as soon as we were 14. We never had to pay our way but not working just wasn't an option.
There's some things I want to emulate, family time, traditions etc.
But I'll never ever hit my kids, it just made me hate my Dad. I'll be more emotionally available and a fair but firm leader.