A Kat Production
Your thirteen-year-old son Matthew is starting to get moody and melodramatic now that he’s in his teens. You’ve only spanked him once since he turned thirteen. He didn’t make more than the usual fuss about it, so you never addressed taking spanking off the table as a punishment. Today, however, he not only refuses to cooperate but also has a meltdown that includes telling you that you ruined his life – and this before you even lift a hand.
It turns out that your spouse mentioned that Matthew was due a spanking in front of his friends. The spouse was just thoughtless rather than malicious in trying to explain why Matthew was in a bad mood. He had earned the spanking in the morning and you decided to delay it until evening so he wouldn’t go to school upset. He’s upset now, though. He’s afraid his friends will never let him live it down.
How do you respond?