Your new spouse was a pretty strict disciplinarian, but she never spanked. She's not exactly against it, but she didn't feel that she could do it. Instead, she used extra chores, restrictions, and (rarely) full groundings. That seems to work pretty well, but you've always used spankings for most anything that wasn't a minor offense. After talking to your new, younger sons, and after they talked to your sons, they decided to except spankings.
Being that Allen is 14, and is actually pretty well behaved, you didn't even broach the subject. Since he's still subject to his mother's punishments, and since he's always responded to her, she's stayed in charge of him, while you've taken over most of the responsibility for the younger kids.
Today, you're getting the younger boys"
"Allen," your spouse called, "come back..."
You calm your spouse down and find out what happened. The two of you agree that it might be better for you to mediate, so you head out back.
Allen looks at you when you come up to him.
"I hate you," he says nonchalantly.
You're a bit surprised because you thought the two of you got along.
"She's so strict. She's always punishing me for bullshit little stuff, that you just blow off. The last time my brothers got in trouble, you just spanked them, and they were back outside playing an hour later. Do you know how long it's been since I've got to have my 3DS, just because she's always picking on me? Why didn't you want to be my dad, too?"