September 20, 2014 3:18 PM

Children’s Mercy Hospital’s No Hit Zone is part of movement urging parents not to strike their children

For years, many child development experts have told parents to refrain from spanking children, calling it ineffective discipline that too easily escalates into abuse. Yet an overwhelming majority of parents continue to say occasional spanking is acceptable. The case of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has further sparked an already impassioned debate.

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