A DMK and John Boy Production
Your son Randy just turned thirteen. You typically spank Randy when he earns a punishment but decided to try something different since Randy is now thirteen.
On Thursday evening Randy told you he was going to go to a friend's house who lived nearby. Instead he went to another friend's house who lived further away. Randy lied to you because he thought yo would not allow him to go the further distance on a school night. Randy was late coming in and had not called you. (Because his phone was dead.) When calls to Randy started going straight to voice mail you decided to call the house of the friend you thought he was at. You were informed he was not there and never had been. Just as you were heading out to search for your son, Randy walked in the door. When confronted with everything he came clean and admitted all and had no good excuse for being now almost an hour late. Normally all of this would have earned Randy a deluxe spanking but you decided instead that Randy was to be grounded for a week. You laid out the terms of his being grounded (essentially he is to have no life for a week) and Randy seemed shocked and started crying and ran off to his room. Randy was sulky the rest of the evening and was equally as miserable after school on Friday. Randy seemed to be handling the terms of his being grounded but his attitude and misery was making everyone in the house miserable.
It is now Saturday morning and you knew this would be an especially hard day for Randy as he normally spends all day Saturday with his friends. Randy has been especially mopey and sulky.
You look out on the porch and see:
Randy is not supposed to be outside at all but he is still on the porch so he may technically think he is still in the house. He is absolutely miserable as is everyone else.
What do yo do? Do you put Randy (and everyone else) out of misery and offer a spanking in lieu of the grounding (adjusted for 'time served?') Is there another option?