Is it legal for a mom to spank her child if she is the day care provider?
I was recently visiting an aquaintance's in home daycare. While we were there, on more than one occasion, she spanked her son. I questioned her about this because she can't legally spank any of the other children, as the child care provider, so why should she be able to spank her son while the other children are there. She said she is the mom and she can. Seems to me if he is there at her day care, she shouldn't be allowed to spank him during day care hours. Does anyone else know?
EDIT: It makes a difference because it is during day care where other kids are presesnt. As a child care provider, she isn't allowed to spank. Do those other children in her care know that they will never be spanked? I've done child care when my own child is present. It is unprofessional not to treat all the children equally. It was a difficult balance for me to treat my child the same as all the rest in the child care setting. It is part of the reason I don't do it anymore.