I had a nice conversation with a friend lately about the "s" word...spanking. This friend had a very understandable and heartfelt concern that her child might not truly understand what a spanking might be when done at a young age. I think this is a common theme throughout Western thought processes. As a mother, I understand where this concern comes from.
However, I think that if we view discipline, which includes spanking at times, as a language instead of "hitting", there may be a better understanding of its purpose. Like any language, it is learned, not understood from its primacy. It is understood by its consistency, not spurts. It "speaks" and "thinks"(walks) in wisdom with time, not impulse.
Of course, all these are graces of God.