It's abuse. Plain and simple. My father used to beat the crap out of us with the belt. There were times I'd go to school the next day and it would cause me unbearable pain to just sit down in the chair. As we got older, he started resorting to using his fists. It didn't stop until the day I finally grew some cojones and hit him back. He deserved it. I have never forgiven him for what he would do to us. I would if he would only acknowledge that he was wrong but he won't. He has somewhat of a selective memory and just a rock hard stubborn will.
Don't ever hit your kids. It doesn't solve anything. All it does is make them resent you and defy your orders ever more. It's a simple concept. We
talk about it here on ATS daily. You can only push someone so many times before they start pushing back. The other terrible side effect is that your
kids will turn to violence as their solution for anything. My father never tried talking anything out and as a result, I had very violent tendencies.
I've grown up now and see that he was wrong, I was wrong and I know where I got it from. It's a hard and disgusting habit to break and it took
everything out of me to finally break it. Believe me, you don't want to do this to your kids. There are other ways to discipline. Hitting is not one
of them. REMEMBER, you're an adult, they're a child. Just because you don't think your exerting much force doesn't mean it's not going to hurt