As a barber, it was natural for your grandfather to bring home a strop. Your father told you that the one your grandfather brought home was a professional model - about 20" long and 3" wide - and it was used on the bare backsides of your father and his brothers.
Your father felt that was a bit much (probably because he felt it a bit much), so he brought home a smaller strop for use in the home. It was about 16" long and 2" wide, at least until you reached your teens, when he upgraded to the same style his father had used. Like his father before him, he used it on your bare hide.
Like your father before you, you thought that was a bit much.
Your own sons have grown up being spanked by hand. It seems to work for them. You don't even spank bare, except on fairly rare occasions, when you feel the need to make a real impression. Of course, you also don't see any reason to wear your hand out on denim, so you normally spank the boys with their pants down - unless they're in pajamas or lightweight summer wear.
That started changing nearly two years ago. Your son, Kevin, who was 11 at the time
Kevin got in trouble during the Christmas vacation. You try not to spank at that time, but he had been pushing the limits for a while, and he'd had several warnings. The fact that you used the old strop to whip him probably had more to do with the stitches in your hand from that Christmas light-hanging incident, than with his actual behavior, but you had given him multiple chances and didn't feel too bad about it.
A couple of months later, when Kevin got in trouble again, your hand was fine, and you spanked him. Afterwards, it seemed to you that his behavior had improved more when you used the strop. The next time he earned a session, you tried the strop again. Since then, you gradually used the strop more and more, and he hasn't had a hand spanking in probably a year now.
Generally speaking, you give at least half his age, and you have given as much as his actual age, though that's pretty rare, and between the two is most common. You also feel the strop is effective enough that you've never bothered making him undress at all for it - jeans or not.
Today, you received a call from the school. Kevin is in ISS, and you'll have to come in and sign him out.
It turns out that he and three other boys were caught skipping class, in the boys bathroom, smoking. The boys were just out of sight of the door, and the person who caught them saw someone throwing a lit butt at the toilet. When he checked it out, there were four smoldering butts. One of the boys (not Kevin) was found to have tobacco on him, and that boy is being ticketed. Since the other three boys weren't actually caught with it, they're not getting tickets, but they were obviously there while someone was smoking, so even if it can't be proved they actually were smoking (though it seems pretty obvious), they're all getting the three days ISS for violation of tobacco policy.
While the school district Kevin attends doesn't use CP, you've never felt the need to reinforce things at home. Kevin is energetic and can be somewhat mischievous, but you've felt the occasional detention or lines he's received have been good enough. On the other hand, he's never had ISS before.
When you pick him up, Kevin says he wasn't smoking, and that they lit butts were already there? He repeats that, even though the principal said all four boys smelled of smoke when they were caught. Kevin changes his story when you point out that tobacco tests are available at the drug store, but he won't say anything about how long he's been smoking.
You let it drop for now. You're rather angry, because both of your parents were lifelong smokers, Your mother died of cancer about two years ago, and your father has a number of health problems, some of which are probably due to his tobacco habit.
Is it time to change your policy on not reinforcing school punishments at home? If so, is it time to reconsider where his pants will be?