There is spanking, it's simply for punishment by parents. Don't like, don't read. Please. There is also diapering and wedgies. Amelia is a normal girl. This book starts out at age 7, when her parents are just so fed up with her they start spanking. Then it's a few one shots of each yr from then on till 13, when the spankings get harsher as she gets more rebellious. We'll see what happens then. Plus the occasional extras chapter.