well, i was raised in a Hispanic home do i need to say?.
That is odd. Now I know that Hispanic does not mean Spanish - Iberian Spanish - but from what I know of children here, they don't really seem to get spanked overly. I've read that children, especially boys, are thought of as being somewhat more special and are treated more leniently than would be the case otherwise. And by leniently I don't mean spoiled or allowed to do whatever they wish. Perhaps indulgently is a better word. Certainly with less physical aspects with correcting bad behavior. And in general, on average, it doesn't seem to affect their manners adversely. This is commented on in northern European magazines and articles as well.
An anecdote: in 1983 me, my wife and son were in Granada as tourists. Our son was 6. We were in the city center on a somewhat crowed square and he was acting up in some way or another. Nothing serious, just didn't want to walk anymore or something like that. That means standing still, not budging, arms crossed, sour look and so on. I usually gave a good good talking too and if all else fails sometimes a finger wagging, things like that. Now while I was busy at this, an old Spanish grandmother - all in traditional black - came up to me and my wife and started scolding us - also giving a good finger wagging, some undoubtedly nasty remarks about us - and then bent down, patted our son on the cheek and head as if he were royalty incarnate. He beamed of course and my wife and I didn't know what to say, but we understood we'd been warned: children, boys especially, are a gift from heaven and never to be made sad or scolded. I think both my wife were red faced from the dressing down we got from black-clad grandma. And afterwards, despite beaming and feeling protected, our son was much better behaved the rest of the day.
It's still a family joke, a funny tale.