"Nope. My grandfather saw his next door neighbor beating his kid with a belt way back when my Dad was a young man. Granddad grabbed the belt and it was never seen again."
I wish your granddad had met my dad when I was a kid in the 1970s, ages 9 to 18. The belt was in frequent use on me in our house back on the farm. Alternatives included rubber hoses from the milking machines, cowstraps, sticks and the occasional fist. Mom used the switches from the lilac bush next to the house, we had to cut our own. Wooden spoon sometimes too. I ended up living with my grandparents for a couple of years. My granddad was gruff and occasionally threatened to but never actually hit or anything.
Unfortunately to this day my father denies he ever did anything wrong. My kids never got this kind of stuff....it ended with me.