This should be on the Off Topic board. And yes beating your child is child abuse. If you beat your spouse or significant other, you would be arrested for spousal abuse. If you were caught beating a dog, you would be arrested for animal abuse. Why would child abuse be any different? Children are people, not property and parents have no right to beat them. How is beating your child preparing them for dealing with problems as an adult? It just sets a bad example and reinforces violent tendencies.