Yes. Yes, you are a coward. Children learn what they live and you are most likely going to end up raising a sociopathic child who will bring you much misery. Get a backbone. I had my ass beat quite regularly as a child when I screwed up and I am grateful for that. With no discipline I would either be in prison or dead by now. I've always told my children (both grown and married) that pain is instructive in its many forms (doesn't have to be physical). I don't know how old your child is, but apparently you are not the one in charge.
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