'Black-ish' Brings Debate Over Child Spanking Back Into Spotlight

ABC's new sitcom sparks an online conversation about parenting and discipline.
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And a question many parents debate. Do you spank or not spank? Front and center after last night's controversial episode of "Blackish." Mara schiavocampo examined the arguments. Where are you, jack! Reporter: On ABC's congresswoman blackish," a common parenting predicament. Your father is going to spank you. Reporter: To spank or not to spank. They are disagreeing on whether or not the misbehaving son should meet the belt. Why don't you do it yourself? Because you're the spanker. Reporter: Even taking the question to coworkers. Who thinks they were better off being spanked ? While this isn't real, for many, the dilemma is. Sparking a conversation online. One viewer tweeting, no spanking in my house. Another tweeting, personally, I'm glad I got spankings. It's really common for most parents to disagree on discipline. A lot of conflict can come up. Our view on spanking is typically based on our own experiences of how we were disciplined. Reporter: While spanking was widely expected, today it's a whole different story. I'm going to spank my son. Wait a minute. What are you, a monster? Reporter: In many cases, highlighting a generational divide. Those who spanked in the past saying it's fine for the present. I love this because I used to beat you with it. Reporter: But experts say that tradition may not be the best way to teach your kids a lesson. Our discipline approaches should be around giving kids practice building skilled. Giving them practice doing things the right way. Reporter: A funny talk -- I told you to spank him, not crush his spirit. Reporter: On a serious issue. The spoiler alert, if you didn't see the episode, they opted not to spank. But he got a tongue lashing, which can be even worse. We don't watch until Thursdays. Oh, well. A lot of experts weighed in. A lot of experts argue that it isn't effective. Ask three questions. Why is my child misbehaving, ands the lesson and the best way to teach the lesson. You should never hit if you're feeling angry. Take a step back and cool off.

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