Yup I guess I am the ruler and the funny part about it that's what I use to rule my house a ruler.
As a mandated reporter and clinical therapist, using an implement to hit a child would fall into the category of physical abuse. I would risk my state license if I did not file a report with cps. I practice in the northeast but you may want to think about this the next time you whip out your ruler.
I spank! I'm proud of it! I only do so when necessary! I use other tactics as well! They are in no way damaged from it! I have never hurt them by spanking them! And goodness its not hitting. You hit to cause pain duh! You people act like you know everything there is to know about spanking. Its a discipline technique that some people choose to use. Get over it already! You aren't going to change anything. Spanking is ok, it's not abuse, and children do learn in different ways. Now can we move on? (That's rhetorical in case you didn't get that)