Against the background of general reflections on the history of corporal punishment, the
article presents findings from surveys conducted within the monitoring of social attitudes
towards violence in parenting, carried out by the Children’s Ombudsman. It discusses
Poles’ attitudes of approval vs. disapproval of violent behavior towards children,such as spanking or smacking, the level of acceptance of corporal punishment in parenting,
and the prevalence of such violent behavior as reported by parents. The research
has found a relatively high level of social approval for violence in parenting, as well as
its actual presence in Polish families’ parenting practices.