Good news for those of us who believe in children being taught discipline.
Children brought up according to "tough love" principles are more successful in life, according to a study.
According to the report, qualities such as application, self-regulation and empathy were more likely to be developed in children whose parents employed a "tough love" approach.
Just don't let the police or local council prodnoses know you are doing so.
A mother who threatened to smack her children while out shopping was secretly followed home by an off duty policeman and was later questioned by officers.
The 34-year-old woman, who has asked to remain anonymous for the sake of her family, was also warned by social services that she could face further action and that a file on the incident is being kept on record.
Our future is truly fucked.