When the boys moved in with you, it was with the understanding that you were looking at adoption, and that spanking (the main discipline for your boys) would be on the table. Since then, Devon and Connor have both been spanked. Liam has been a lot of help, and he feels very responsible for his little brothers, so you've talked with him about them quite a bit. Last week, after a talk to you about adoption, Liam came to you and asked for a 'real whupping' so he could know what it was like. After some discussion, you declined, but did promise the next time he got into 'real trouble', you would.
Today is the last day of soccer season. This year, your boys are only on soccer two different soccer teams, and they play enough apart you can make most of both games; but you also try to drop by at least part of each of your grandsons and nephews/grand nephews games, so it's a pretty busy day. Then you have a big get together back at your house, grilling burgers and dawgs for everyone. It's exhausting, but a great end to the season.
Fortunately you had mostly day games, some of the parents help clean up, and a few of your older boys owe you chores, so by 2pm, you feel things are pretty well under control. You go to check on everyone else, and you realize you can't find Liam. You check the board, but he's not checked out, so you finally call his phone. He answers, and explains he's over at Kevin's house. You asked why he didn't ask permission, and he explains you were busy. You ask why he didn't check out (which would have been enough for this time of day), and he has an 'oops' moment. You tell him he needs to come on home.
When he gets home, he's pretty obviously nervous. You're a bit nervous too.
Liam blatantly knows this rule, and that it's one you enforce strongly (15 people living in your home, so it's very hard to keep track of everyone). One of the things you were told before he moved in with you is that he went through a stage of some pretty serious trouble and misbehaving, and that he's having to repeat ninth grade. The two of you agreed that he needed to be under pretty strict supervision for a while, and that the rest of this year was going to be his chance to show he regrets his previous behavior and is trying to change. As part of that, he is to be punished like the younger boys (basically spanked over your knees most of the time), though with implements upgraded to his size/age.
The biggest problem is that you might or might not spank Parker, who is also 15, but you would definitely spank Kenny or Colt (11 and 12) for this. Should it be a spanking offense for Liam? Will you use what you'd use for Kenny or Colt (a wooden spatula), what you've recently used on 14-year old Van (a hairbrush), or something in between?