A Late Chat Production
You are a single parent and have a thirteen year old son, Phineas. If a punishment is needed, a spanking typically brings Phineas back in line.
When Phineas turned thirteen you took him to eat at his favorite restaurant and told them it was his birthday. The wait staff sang to him and he got a free piece of cake. Phineas was impressed with the free cake.
The next time you went out to eat Phineas told the waitress that it was his birthday. You were in the restroom at the time and were unable to correct the error. You were surprised when the wait staff showed up singing with a piece of cake. Phineas was proud of his free cake and even suggested the next time you would pretend it was your birthday. You scolded Phineas and told him it was the same as stealing. You spoke to the manager privately and explained the issue and paid for the piece of cake. The manager was less than cordial and said if the problem happened again that you all would not be welcomed back. When Phineas got home he got a serious lecture and you told him if it happened again that he would be spanked.
Phineas is part of the cross country team at his school. He and some team mates want to go out for dinner after practice. You tell Phineas that will be fine and that you will pick him up at the restaurant and you all agree on a time and you make sure Phineas has money to cover dinner and a tip. Phineas and his team mates select a restaurant that is within walking distance of the school. They also offer free cake on a patron's birthday. Phineas says it is his birthday and he gets free cake.
One of his team mates takes a picture of Phineas and his free cake and posts it to Facebook. This team mate happens to be one of your Facebook friends. You log on and happen to see:
The photo has a comment that says, "Phineas turns 13 again and gets free cake." Phineas has 'liked' the photo.
How do you deal with your "birthday boy?"