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You have taken your two teenage sons, Gavin aged 14 and Gethin aged 13, on a camper van holiday on the Island of Mull in Scotland. Though they had been looking forward to this as an opportunity to be away with their father and away from their pesky older and younger sisters who had stayed at home with their mother, since arriving they have done nothing but moan and you have wanted to throttle them. The trouble is that they are addicted to social media and you’ve been stopping off mainly in remote areas with no mobile phone signal, wi-fi availability or possible mains hook-up for the camper van to charge their electronics. You are buying lunch out at country pubs where they can usually connect to wi-fi and where they desperately seek a table close to an electrical point. It proves difficult to shift them afterwards as they moan that they’re “in the middle of something really important”.
One afternoon, you go to the main (only) town on the Island, Tobermory. The boys do find the tour of the distillery interesting, though unhappy they are not allowed to sample the product. To compensate, they are almost overwhelmed by the size of the three scoop ice cream you buy them afterwards. A little along the road, seeing that entry is free, you suggest that they have a quick look in the Isle of Mull museum. You are interested to read about the war time anti-submarine warfare training that was based there. While you are reading about that, you hear Gavin and Gethin each encouraging the other to “let me try it on you first,” and “no way; after you!”
You peer round the corner and find that they have been looking at the small display on education and are examining the tawse from the local school that is attached to the display by a long chain but which had a notice inviting its use - “Remind yourself of happy schoolboys and try it on your palm” together with a warning that “it hurts!!!”
In view of or despite the grief they have been causing you, do you protect them from themselves by telling them not to be so silly as to try it because it will hurt, encourage them to try it on each other, volunteer to show them exactly how it was used by applying it full force to their upheld palms or promise to bring them back the following days and use it on them if their attitude hasn’t improved significantly?