Qitzur Shulchan Arukh – 184:2-4

ב: אֲפִלּוּ מְשָׁרְתוֹ שֶׁאֵינוֹ שׁוֹמֵעַ בְּקוֹלוֹ, אָסוּר לְהַכּוֹתוֹ. אֲבָל מֻתָּר לְהַכּוֹת בָּנָיו הַקְּטַנִּים אוֹ יָתוֹם שֶׁהוּא מְגַדֵּל בְּתוֹךְ בֵּיתוֹ, כְּדֵי לְהַדְרִיכָם בְּדֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה, שֶׁזּוֹהִי טוֹבָתָם

Even if his servants isn’t listening to him, it is prohibited to hit him [the servant]. But it is permissible to hit his children who are minors or an orphan that he is raising in his home in order to teach them the straight path, for this is for their best

ג: צָרִיךְ לִזָּהֵר שֶׁלֹּא לְהַשְלִיךְ שִׁבְרֵי כְּלֵי זְכוּכִית וְכַדּוֹמֶה בְּמָקוֹם שֶׁיּוּכְלוּ לְהַזִּיק

One must be careful not to throw broken glass or the like in a place where they would be likely to injure.

ד: אִם יֵשׁ לִֹשְׁכֵנוֹ חֳלִי הָרֹאשׁ, רַחֲמָנָא לִצְּלָן, וְקוֹל הַהַכָּאָה מַזִּיק לוֹ, לֹא יכְתּוֹשׁ אֲפִלּוּ בְבֵיתוֹ רִיפוֹת וְכַיוֹצֵא בָהֶן, דְּבָרִים שֶׁקּוֹל הַכָּאָתָם מַגִּיעַ לְבֵית שְׁכֵנוֹ וּמַזִּיק לוֹ

If his neighbor has a head illness [migraine?], heaven forbid, and the sound of the banging would harm him, one may not pound medicines and the like even in his house. Anything that the sound of pounding them would reach his neighbors home and harm him.

The halakhah in sei’f 2 implies a requirement to study parenting techniques. Hitting a child is only permissible when it is in their best interest. One has to therefore take all efforts to know when that is.

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