The State Court of Appeals ruling in favor of a Long Island father of an eight-year-old boy: "the father 's openhanded spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here did not constitute excessive corporal punishment."
Dr. Jeff Gardere, a child psychologist, said he is never in favor of spanking. "But if it happens, it must be with an open hand, and be accompanied with lots of talking," he added.
While spanking may never be a good idea, according to many child psychologist, New York State law keeps spanking in a decidedly gray area.
"It's part of child endangerment laws," Aymen Aboushi, a family law attorney, told PIX11. "It is very broad. It leaves a lot of discretion to judges."
In playgrounds around the city, many parents said they would never spank. But others say it could depend on the age of the child and the circumstances.
"A tap on the tushy is what I do," Michelle Caroly, an Upper West Side mother said.
But Thomas Grant, a Harlem dad, said he was abused as a child, so he would never spank his little girl.