You gave Cole a little extra time to get home after the game, so he and his friends could celebrate, but the freshman team does play Thursday night - a school night - so Cole had strict instructions on when to be home. You even waited, after the game, to make sure he could find a ride that would get him home on time, and gave him an extra fifteen minutes beyond what you'd planned, just to be safe.
Cole came home over thirty minutes later than that, even after you called him and reminded him to get home.
When he arrived home, first he told you that his friends changed their mind and weren't ready to come home. Then he tells you you're just being too strict.
You have nothing against warming Cole's butt when he needs it. While he's gotten bare hand on bare skin most of his life, you've recently upgraded him to the same implement that's been successful with his big (over three years older) brother. In this case however, you feel like, since he took advantage of you to get more freedom, less freedom is a better consequence, and he's grounded for the weekend.
He whined and complained about that, but not as bad as you expected. Friday, he came home from school on the bus.
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Everything was fine most of the evening. Then Blake, your oldest son, came home from his own football game. They lost, and he was kind of down, but not as much as you expected. He mentioned that there was a pajama party at Uncle Jack's house the next night, and there would be games and food, and they'd been invited, so he and Aidan (at twelve, he's your youngest) were planning to go, if it's okay.
THEN Cole went ballistic.
And now it's Saturday afternoon. Apologizing and begging hasn't done any good, so Cole gets you alone. He apologizes and swears he knows he was wrong, and that he deserves to be punished, but he pleads for you to just let him go to the party, even if you have to whup his butt to make up for it.
Will it be pajamas over a sore butt, home alone, or is there another answer?
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