Well, I was making breakfast this morning and the news was on. It seems that California has proposed a bill (a woman by the name of Leiber I believe) that would make it illegal to spank a child younger than 3. What are everyones thoughts on this? I was swatted when I was growing up. Not abused, a hand across the bottom. I also did the same to my children as a last resort or as a knee jerk reaction to the wet finger in the light socket (I slapped her hand away and cried, she was 11 months old and we sat there crying together). I have the distinct feeling that the government is way to involved in my life already. What with having to prove that my son is alive to get his insurance (which he has had since he was born in 92) and proving that Dad is a citizen even though he has served in the guard, pays taxes and is a native vermonter. This patriot act thing is well hated here in our house. but that is another crabbing issue. California, imo, is opening a kettle of worms. The parent can go to jail for a year and/or a $10,000 fine! Yep, that helps those kids and families. They did say that there would be mandatory parenting/anger management classes.