When the kids were younger, Mom mostly dealt with them. A plastic flyswatter on the hand or upper legs (when they were wearing shorts) or a wooden spoon (in cold weather) took care of most trouble.
As the kids got older, you found yourself spanking Mike occasionally. Mom used the same flyswatter or spoon, and was about as likely to spank Sis as Mike. Dad normally spanked Mike by hand on undies or bare, but basically never spanked Sis. As the other girls came along, and second sis approached school age, it kind of became obvious that Mike was facing a double standard when it came to discipline. Since Dad wasn't really willing to spank the girls, spankings basically ended for Mike as well.
By the time he was just a few months passed 11, he'd received his last spanking (except for one incident of CP at his private school in seventh grade). Mike will be 17 in just a couple of months.
Mike has been over at a friend's house today. The house is apparently a haven for boys, and Mike spends a lot of time there. So do some of your nephews. One of the boys who lives there is dating Sis (much to Mike's disgust), but he finds it a great retreat from the girliness of your home. On the other hand, the father at that house does a lot of work at home, provides supervision, and doesn't tolerate much nonsense, so you don't have a huge problem with Mike hanging out there.
Today, your phone went off with Mike's ring tone. He sounds very panicky and upset.
"A bunch of us went to Putt-Putt. It was Adam's birthday, and we just went to hang around. When most of them left, a few of us stayed, because we were in the batting cages. We made sure we had a ride, but we didn't realize..."
It turns out that there were four boys, but only one car. Not a huge problem, except that all four boys, while old enough to drive, were still in their first year of driving, so it would be illegal for them to have more than one, under eighteen passenger to whom they weren't related.
None of them really thought about it, especially since they were running a little late, so they just hopped in the car and headed back to Jack's house. The real problem came when they got home to find Jack in the side yard, trying to figure out who was going to be eating dinner.
The other three boys - Eli, Blake, and Johnny...
"... and they're all gonna get paddled, but Jack said he doesn't have permission to paddle me, so I should just head home, and he'd call you and tell you what happened. Please, even if you still have to ground me, PLEASE give Jack permission to bust me. They'll all be mad if they get it and I don't, and they'll think I'm a wimp or something. PLEASE!!"