Politics, Religion, Parenting- Everybody's an expert.
Give a guy a puppy and he'll buy books, DVD's, attend seminars, join training groups, & get advice from complete strangers on a Forum. Give a guy an infant and he thinks he knows how to raise him because he was raised as one. There are folks out here that have raised competitve dogs without hitting them. There are folks that have raised competitive horses without breaking their spirit. There also are folks out here that have raised children without hitting them. There are many alternative forms of punishment that don't require hitting your child. I never wanted my 3 kids to fear me but rather respect me. You gotta do what you gotta do. I choose to parent my children without hitting them and it worked out well.