Yes. Spanking a child shows them authority. What society does not understand, and these parents that wont spank dont get, is that spanking and beating are different. Spanking a child will show them they are in charge, and it does not feel good. But it is very important that you explain to them why and what they did wrong. If you just spank the child without teaching them a lesson, they will not understand. It is true, you spank out of love, not anger, and that is what will make the difference. Parents that dont spank, you will often find that their children will act out to them, because they do not see the authority in the parents.. And yes, to all those out there that may not agree, a child is to listen to the parents, and not be disrespectful, until they are considered an adult. Spanking will not always cure the problem, my boys are a pain sometimes, but kids will be kids too, so be careful..You cannot spank all the time or you will lose the true meaning of discipline.