The use of corporal punishment is pivotal to the debate marked by numerous publications that call attention to the negative nature of corporal punishment on children's development. Moreover, corporal punishment raises the question of whether it is even necessary or legitimate, considering the acknowledged protection of the rights of children and of adolescents. On the other hand, the use of corporal punishment takes into account aspects of family discipline and, therefore, contributes to defining today’s perception of adequate parenting. The article describes the often difficult relationship between corporal punishment and adequate parenting, given that the understanding of the latter is still largely undefined, especially with regard to family discipline.
Keywords: Family discipline, Parental adequacy, Punishment