We recently moved to NC from NH. Yesterday we were invited to a neighbor's for a New Years Day party. There were 8 adults and 6 kids ranging in age from our 6mo to the hosts' 5yo. The 5yo ds of our hosts was VERY ornery and territorial and being mean to the other kids. His mom had him in time out with the adults twice and finally threatened to spank. Our son is only 6mo, so spanking isn't something we do, but I don't have a big problem with it and may use it myself in a few years, who knows at this point. The way the kid was acting he probably deserved to be spanked.
Well to make a long story short, the 5yo didn't take the hint and behave so his mom followed through and spanked. What kind of shocked me is that when she did, she pulled down his pants and underwear and gave him 4 good swats right there in front of everybody! None of the other neighbors seemed at all phased, and when I asked if she had to do that very often she laughed it off and told me that southern parents didn't put up with northern ones and that was how kids got spanked down south. My question is, especially from those of you who live in the south, is whether or not you think this is true! I've got no experience with 5yo's and we just moved down here, so I don't want to be too judgemental, but it is a bit of a culture shock!
What do you think? Please feel free to answer anonymously if you like, and please bump!
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