A Jack Production
You have three sons.
8-year old Lucas, 9-year old Drew, and 14-year old Jake.
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Your spouse works out of your home, but also part-time for the school district, and so is able to handle most of the child care. Occasionally Jake is required to supervise his little brothers, but rarely for more than an hour or so. He usually gets along with them, they usually follow his directions, and things normally go fairly smooth.
The occasions that aren't normal have ended up anywhere from a group lecture about getting along, to three sore-bottomed boys apologizing to each other.
Last week, Jake had to supervise his little brothers for a couple of hours. Your spouse had some things that had to be done to close the school down for summer vacation. You came home early, so Jake wouldn't be alone with them too long. By the time you got there, Jake was obviously upset, and he was doing some chores the younger two were supposed to do, while they were in the back yard, playing in the water.
Jake is a bit shocked to find you home already. Reluctantly he explains that he didn't want y'all thinking he wasn't doing his job (of supervising), but that they were just refusing to do their chores. Finally he told them to do what they wanted, and he did the chores, because he didn't want to cause a fight, and he wanted to get everything done, so he could go to a friend's house when you did arrive.
You call Lucas and Drew in and ask their side of the story.
While the two of them have a lot of excuses, they basically confirm Jake's story. You have Jake sit down and watch, while you prepare the two boys and wear their little bottoms out, before having them go finish their own chores. Once they're back on track, you talk to Jake a bit about how he should have handled things, but then give him a couple of dollars, so he can stop for a cold drink, and tell him to be back from his friend's in time for supper.
That was actually about nine days ago, and things have gone smoothly since then. Of course, your spouse is also on a summer work schedule, which means Jake hasn't actually been in charge since then. Or more precisely, he hasn't been in charge again until this afternoon. Your spouse has a doctor's appointment, and is planning to run some errands after that.
The boys should only be home a bit over an hour, but you manage to sneak out a bit early. You stop and pick up burgers for dinner, and you sneak in to surprise the boys.
You're the one who gets the surprise, as you hear Jake telling his brothers to clean the cat box, which is normally one of his chores.
"But you're supposed to do that," Drew complains.
"Yeah, but last week, I did your chores while you played, and I helped you guys fold laundry today, so you should have to help me. You don't want Dad to spank you again, do you?"
Your younger sons start whining about not doing anything, but Jake explains that he can tell you that they didn't do their share of chores again.
"Of course, that only works if I don't know about it, Jacob."
Jake tries to tell you he was just joking, but it sure didn't sound like a joke.
"Dad," Lucas says to you. "Jake got to watch us get spankings last week. Do we get to watch him get one?"
Does Jake deserve a spanking? Do they get to watch?