California law allows parents to use corporal punishment, as long as the force is reasonable. Depending on the circumstances, your mother might also be able to physically restrain you -- again, as long as the force is reasonable.
However, your response would also have to be reasonable in light of the circumstances of your mother's "putting her hands on you."Ask a similar question
It all depends on the age of the child, her/his reaction, and the reasonablness of the punishment. You cannot use a pad to hit a 5 years old kid for him kicking your dog.
Sean Donrad, Esq.
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