Well, just like parents are not all the same today, parents in the 1950s could differ from each other and had different parenting styles. Corporal punishment was certainly more accepted then than it is now, but again, I'm sure parents differed and not all of them necessarily believed in it, or used it frequently. And even though kids didn't have electronics and gadgets back then, they still had privileges like toys, record players, TV, playtime outside/with friends that could be restricted. My mother was a kid in the 60s (so close enough to the 50s I guess). She was spanked occasionally, but not super often. And she never had anything like a belt or switch used on her like some of her peers did...usually just a hand, or sometimes a flyswatter for more serious stuff. But a lot of times she and her siblings were put on "restriction" from playing outside, going to friends' houses, watching TV, etc. And sometimes they had to "stand in the corner"...it just wasn't called "time out" then.