By shortcuts, I don’t mean shortchanging your child. What I mean is to take advantage of what are already known by scientists.
Parenting is one of the most researched fields in psychology.
Many parenting practices or traditions have been scientifically researched, verified, refined or refuted.
For good scientific parenting skills and information, here is one my favorite parenting websites Parenting Science, and one of my favorite science-based parenting books, The Science of Parenting.
Using scientific knowledge is by no means a one-size fits all strategy. Every child is different. You can and should adjust your parenting style accordingly.
For example, besides spanking, there are many better alternatives, e.g. redirection, reasoning, removing privileges, time-in, time-out, etc. You can choose the non-punitive discipline method that works best for your child.
Of course, you can also choose to use “traditional” philosophies (e.g. spanking) and may still get the same outcome (temporarily). But why risk the damages some of the sub-par practices may create while there’re well researched, better ones?
Taking these “shortcuts” may require more work on your part in the short-term, but can save you lots of time and agony in the long run.