21st Century Parents More Affectionate, but Mom's the Disciplinarian

Researchers from Ohio State University studied 1133 young adult parents, whose mothers took part if a 15-year study from 1979. One of the biggest changes in the second generation parents involved spankings.

Second generation mothers who were spanked at least once a week were found to be nearly half as more likely to spank their own children compared to mothers who weren’t spanked.

Fathers spanked as children were less likely to spank their own children. Only 28 per cent of the second generation of fathers reported spanking their children compared to 43 per cent of mothers. Both parents reported showing much greater affection and praise for their children.The Age