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BOTD 01-12-2016 May the Force Be Applied to You? - An Ivor Production

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May The Force Be Applied To You?
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Your 12 year old son John is a massive Star Wars Fan. Yesterday he spent his allowance to buy one of the latest models from the franchise.

He and his 14 year old brother Luke have an uneasy relationship mainly because their interests are very different. Luke is a complete and utter 'sports jock' whereas John interests are much more cerebral as he is a straight A student.

Because of their uneasy relationship there is a rule that either goes into the other's bedroom without permission. Today you come home and see:

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You know this model had pride of place in the display in John's bedroom. When you ask Luke what he is doing with it he readily admits going into John's bedroom and taking it. He says he is just admiring it.

What are you going to do?

Can you dig it?


He didn't break it. He didn't attempt to harm it.

I'm going to remind him of the rule and let it go at that. Hopefully, the boys are growing up and can find some common ground in Star Wars and Star Wars paraphernalia.

Y Lee Coyote

Luke has violated a rule which is not so serious but (and that is a very big but!) violated his brother's space and taken something.  Trespass and theft are serious crimes.

First, recover the object to assure no harm comes to it.  Second, a discussion about his crimes and how he would feel had John done the same.  Third, try to repair or even improve the relationship with his brother.  This certainly includes an apology and some recompense such as doing his chores or giving him a treat.  Maybe seeing the movie together even though it is the worse of the set.  As a bonus perhaps they could share something about SW and grow closer.

If the boys agree that a spanking is appropriate, then John should do it.

Putting it back in John's room is a cover up which is not acceptable for it repeats the trespass.


David M. Katz

I think I will bring Luke and John together and let them discuss it.

I really see no ill intent on Luke's part and maybe he and John can find some common ground.

I see no reason to punish anyone. I hope the boys can work it out but Luke gets nothing more than burning ears from me.

Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.


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I agree with Kier.



This is not about relationships, its about rules.

The scenario doesn't say whether violating the rule is a spanking offence, if it is then I have no choice.  If it isn't then he's due a good chewing out for that part of the offence, but he's compounded it by removing some of John's property, even though there was no intention of damage or theft.

John is in no position to thump him for taking it (as may well have happened had the situation been reversed) so its up to me to deal with it.

"Drop 'em Luke."

Pi Beta

RIP 9 Jan 47 - 17 June 17
I'm with David on this one.


There are two important things here - one of which is implied by the scenario, the other seems unclear.

The first thing, and probably the most important, is that John hasn't caught his brother. That means we don't have emotions flying and old rivalries ignited, so we can be a bit more thoughtful about this.

What the scenario doesn't tell us is how serious a violation this is, and how often/recently it's occurred. Has Luke actually gone into John's room and broken things before, or is it more a rule for privacy and territory?

Having said all that, it'll go something like this...

"He did a really good job on it, didn't he?"

"You should probably put it back now. Maybe later, you can tell him you looked at it, think he did a great job, and ask him to show it to you."

(The model gets put away).

"Are you supposed to go in his room without permission? Would you like him in his room? Haven't I spanked both of you before for that? Okay, let's remember the rules and not do it again."

"In the end, it's just a story. But if you ask me, it's all true."


Jack has said it all for me. Be great if the boys found some common ground here. Also I think younger brothers usually love something they do getting positive attention from older ones. So no 1, Let this not become a confrontation

John Boy

I'm handing him over to the First Order and then running like heck.


What jack said.....

Hugs kal

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