A Late Chat Production
Your two sons invite their two cousins and a friend over for a sleepover. The boys are planning on a night of movies, video games and junk food. You and your spouse retire to bed for the evening. You tell the boys to have a good night. Your only real rule for the boys is to stay in the house for the rest of the night.
A little after midnight the boys get bored. Your son, Craig, has an idea for some entertainment and all of the boys agree it sounds fun. The boys head outside and start going up to houses, knocking on the doors and running off. A couple of annoyed neighbors call the police. The police arrive in the neighborhood and quickly catch the boys in the act.
You and your spouse are pulled from your sleep by someone knocking on the door. You make it to the door and are greeted by a couple of police officers who have your sons, your nephews and their friend in tow. The officers explain what the boys were involved in and state all of the boys were observed in the act. Craig comes clean and admits to what they were doing and confesses that it was his idea. The officers release the boys to you and say there will be no charges filed.
You send the boys to wait in the den while you decide how to handle the issue.
Your sons, Carson and Craig are definitely subject to spanking. Spanking is still your primary method of punishment although you did experiment, rather unsuccessfully, with grounding for Craig.
Your nephews, your brother's sons, Pete and Phil are no longer subject to spanking. About a year ago your brother and sister-in-law started using grounding instead of spanking with their boys saying that it proved to be more effective. You have spanking permission for your nephews but have not exercised it in about four years.
You know the friend's (James) parents very well. You know his parents still use spanking with him. You do not necessarily have spanking permission for James. The issue has simply never been discussed.
The boys are waiting on you and your decision:
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Is this an issue that you decide warrants punishment? If so, how do you sort it all out?