A DMK Production
Toby is your thirteen year-old son. You do spank Toby when needed. It has been six months since Toby's last spanking.
Every year, you, your siblings and parents rotate the hosting of the family Thanksgiving dinner. This year your family Thanksgiving dinner will be at your parents' home. It is a bit of a trip and so you, your spouse, and Toby head out early. Toby says he wants to stay home but that is not something you will even entertain and you tell Toby he has to go. Toby has known about the trip for months. Still Toby is very whiny. Toby is not well behaved on the trip and you and your spouse are happy when he finally falls asleep for a couple of hours.
When you all arrive, the first thing Toby does is insult his aunt's outfit. Toby then gets fussy and argumentative of being placed at the kids' table. Your mother does some creative seating changes and works it out for Toby to not have to be at the kid table. Toby then is in the kitchen picking at the turkey, trying to steal a slice of pie, and complaining about how he hates green beans and sweet potatoes. Toby is sent outside to join his cousins in a football game. Toby whines about the game and ends up picking at one of the younger cousins. Toby then comes inside and tries to take over the TV. Everyone is interested in the parade but Toby says he wants to see something else.
Toby seems to find a reason to argue, whine, complain, or roll his eyes at just about everything. Everyone else is beginning to take notice and, in fact, a couple of your brothers have made private comments to you. You pull Toby aside and give him the ultimatum to "straighten up or else."
It is time for dinner and everyone is seated. Toby starts saying how he doesn't like turkey. (This is news to you and, remember, Toby was picking at the bird a little earlier.) Toby refuses to even try the green beans or sweet potatoes. That would have been ok if he hadn't insulted your mother and sister and their cooking in passing them up. Things seem to be calming down when Toby starts throwing rolls at his cousins at the kid table.
You are sitting next to your father and he leans over and whispers (not so quietly) and tells you that the paddle he used to use on you and your siblings is still hanging in the hall closet.
What do you do?
Do you put that old paddle to use?
Do you wait until you get Toby home to spank him?
Do you give Toby one more last chance?
Do you simply ignore Toby's behaviors?