I do believe that there is a fine line between assault and disciplining. Mental and physical abuse is evil and no child should ever be victim of it.
Discipline however is necessary and lately there is a frightening lack of it. As a child we were raised in a very strict manner yet we have always been loved, protected and treated fairly. We knew what the barriers were and if we overstepped the line, the belt was surely felt.
Having said that, after a spanking, my parents would always come and talk to calm and reassure us and explain why they had to do what they did and told us how much they loved us.
I have the utmost respect for my parents and I love them with all my heart, and so do they. I appreciate being raised the way we were.
With this new law put in place, I fear that children will become grossly out of control. They will know that they can do whatever they want and and get away with it. There will be no way of controlling them and chances are they will threaten grown ups (not only their parents) with reporting them for assault.
The result thereof will only really start showing years from now when the toddlers of today are teenagers and grown ups.
I do feel that perhaps more stringent laws should be put in place to protect children from abuse and harsher punishments for abusers, but spanking can not be illegal. I foresee a very dark future for parents. Very dark indeed.