More Than Spanking At My HouseIt was more like beatings. My dad used a belt, a cord, or switch from a weeping willow tree (I still hate those trees to this day!), whatever he could his hands on. When I was 16, he actually punched me in the face, giving me a black eye. The first he ever left a mark where someone could see it. Anyone who asked, I flat out told them "My dad punched me". For some reason, this drew giggles instead of horror, so I never spoke up again. I didn't see a therapist until after the basturd died. I was married and had 2 toddlers, and one on the way then. It took 7 yrs of intense counseling and therapy to get over what he did me. Believe "spanking" was a piece of cake compared to the rest.
I swore I would not hit my children, but I did, and then was consumed by guilt. I was a messed up parent for a few years, then the counseling stopped and I learned how to discipline with love, not anger. I now have 3 wonderful grown kids, who remember their childhood as "wonderful", and it makes me proud!