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SPARE THE ROD: Or face a fine?

To spank or not to spank? That's a question every parent of an occasionally recalcitrant child has to decide. There comes a point when gentle admonishment seems a waste of breath, and a stern warning, withheld treat or outright bribe may not even turn the tide. At that point, some parents resort to a swift smack on the backside — though child-care experts increasingly frown on the idea. And parents traveling with children should know that laws against corporal punishment may take that decision out of their hands.

Much of the world — including Asia, the Middle East,...

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