Re: Where do you draw the line between parental discipline and child abuse
if you use the definition of abuse, as used in the workplace and apply it to kids, then simply words can be considered abuse and any form of physical hitting could constitute abuse.
But is it discipline, or abuse? I wouldn't hit or strike my kids with a belt, but I have disciplined them many times. I would consider hitting a child as abuse as I think there are better ways to teach a child a lesson other than striking them. But that's just me.