Do you spank your child for being bad or do you “talk” to your children?
The spanking reminds children that they did something wrong, and they don’t want to do that any more. The spanking stays in their mind — and on their rears — much longer than talk. The talk is forgotten as soon as they are out of “your sight” and all is forgotten.
The punishment should be twofold, as it was when I was growing up. Along with spanking came the grounding: no playing, no car driving, (if they are old enough to drive) and no dates for a time. A week was a good starting time.
If parents don’t enforce rules, they will wonder “Why is my child always getting in trouble?” The child isn’t getting into trouble, the parent is forcing the child into trouble. They lack attention from the parents. A child who has attention at home usually grows up trouble-free. When they see you care for them, they will care for you more, and may be better for it.