Some parents just seem to focus on "disciplining" their child as a 'right of passage' if you will for the child. I remember seeing a news article once about a baby who died (illness I believe) and his mother was quoted saying "he'll never get to go on a date, or get his first whipping from his dad." Another time a person who used to work for my company was pregnant, she knew she was having a girl and she said during her pregnancy "if this little girl gets smart with me I wont hesitate to smack her in her mouth." What's with these people? I'm a brand new first time parent; I'm not naive I know at some point my child will misbehave and need discipline. But not once during my pregnancy, or now that she's arrived have I thought of what I'll do when she misbehaves, it simply doesn't enter my mind; I'll cross that bridge when I get there. I will say though I'll never whip my child or slap her across the face.