It's harmful emotionally for you. Few parents feel wonderful after hitting a child. Spanking often leads to remorse, guilt, and doubts about the quality of your own parenting skills. Avoid the agony -- resist the urge to smack. It's a very unpleasant sensation to feel like a bully.
It's harmful emotionally for the child. Spanking is traumatic, makes a child feel as though there's something wrong with her (instead of something wrong with her behavior), creates resentment, and can lead to body image problems.
Spanking tells a child she is powerless. A powerless person will act out, leading to more problems.
Spanking is disrespectful to the child, and it doesn't help teach respectful values or standards.
It breaks trust and invades a child's sense of security.
It halts effective communication.
Where do you go from there? Once you resort to physical discipline, the only steps up are more, or stronger, physical discipline. Don't start down that path.
It doesn't work!!! In the very, very short term, you may stop the misbehavior. The backlash is not worth the very, very short term.
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