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Your 11yo son Lewis is a good natured but feisty kid who, unfortunately, has inherited your short fuse. In fact it seems that his spankings for fighting have outnumbered all others he has suffered.
Today there is an escalation; Lewis comes home from school bearing a note informing you that he has a two day suspension for fighting. You angrily tear down his jeans and wear him out on the spot.
Later that evening you answer a knock on the door. A man standing there holds the hand of a boy who appears to be about nine years old asks if you are Lewis's father. Then he asks to speak to him telling you that his son Lee was being physically bullied in the schoolyard by two boys from Lewis's year and he wanted to thank him for intervening to rescue him.
When you call Lewis down the man shakes his hand and thanks him telling him it took courage to ignore the odds and take on the two bullies to rescue Lee; then he pulls out a $20 bill. Lewis blushes and refuses to accept the reward mumbling, "Thanks but it was OK"
As they leave the man drops the bill on the hall table anyway. The door closes and the pair of you are left looking at each other.
You are angry with yourself over your knee jerk reaction and punishing Lewis unfairly; angry with Lewis for not trying to explain the circumstances; and furious that the school authorities had just banged a suspension on Lewis without bothering to properly investigate the circumstances.
What will you do now?