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You have been married twice and have three sons, Charlie, aged 13, by your first wife, and Paul 8 and Sammy 5, by your second. The divorce (ten years ago) was acrimonious, your ex got custody of Charlie and moved out of state and you barely spoke to her or had contact with Charlie though you heard plenty from her lawyer.
Thus it was a bittersweet moment a few months ago when you learned your ex had died in a motoring accident. Named as immediate next of kin, you and your current spouse without hesitation took Charlie in.
At first you did fine and Charlie gets on well enough with his half brothers but you learned Charlie had been brought up in an atmosphere of benign neglect. He had all he wanted but also had far more freedom to do as he pleased outside of school so you hit a snag when you and your wife attempted to insist he be home for dinner. School records showed that Charlie was seriously under-performing based on his ability and your ex had not been helping the school keep Charlie on task. Your ex had also objected to spanking (another matter.)
You haven't spanked Charlie but he knows you spank the little boys and have stated using a paddle on Paul if he seriously messes up. The bust up came when the school followed up on a detention note it had given Charlie but had not been returned. You also learned from the school that Charlie seemed to be linked with a bad crowd and that their disruptive behaviour around school had led to the detention.
When you planned to confront Charlie it was on another night that he missed dinner. You tell Charlie he is grounded and will attend the detention at school.
The following evening he skipped detention and got home at ten o'clock. He asks in front of Paul and Sammy, "what are you going to do now Daddy, spank me like you do the babies?"
What's next? What are you going to do now?