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1 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:12 pm

Jack

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Your son, Leif, is 13. He's currently sharing a room with his next three younger brothers - all of whom are currently 12. While it's a bit crowded, the four of them have plenty of access to the play room, and they're all pretty good friends most of the time, so it's not a huge problem. You even asked him before the move, and he was fine with it.

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While Leif is the biggest and oldest boy in that room, you've continued to treat him pretty much the same as his roommates, at least insofar as consequences go. By the time most of his brothers were thirteen or eighth grades, they were getting a larger paddle. You've continued to use the Tailblazer (a large, wooden spatula) with him, both because it works, and because it just seems fair to spank him the same way as the boys with whom you are making him room.

A couple of weeks ago, when Jeremy (Leif's biological half-brother) came home for Christmas, he pointed out that Leif seemed a lot taller. You dug out your records and a measuring tape. Sure enough, Leif has grown two inches since school started, making him almost the same height as his next younger brother, who's about 15 months older than him.

Today, Leif got in trouble. It's a recurring problem, and he compounded it by lying. He knew it would mean getting his rear warmed if he was caught, and he was. When he bares himself for his reprimand, you realize that not only has he been getting taller, but he even has body hair now (only two of them, and not even a centimeter long, but still!).

So, is it time to promote him to that larger paddle he's been avoiding? Should you do it now?


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2 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:59 pm

AFinch

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I think you answered the question earlier in the narrative.

What you've been using works. I don't see any reason for an upgrade so long as it still does.

3 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:16 pm

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I think discipline is something that should be administered on an individual basis. After all, every child is an individual, each with specific interests, motivations and goals. Moreover, each responds differently to various disciplinary methods. As long as what you are doing continues to work, I think that it warrants staying on that path. When things are no longer working; that is the time to make a change. Kier is correct in his assessment.

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4 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:43 pm

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Yep. If it ain't broken don't fix it.


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5 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:55 pm

Kat

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I agree with everyone else. No need to escalate punishment that is still working.

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6 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:32 am

ivor

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I'd also leif things as they are.

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7 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:38 am

db105

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Get his input. Does he want to be spanked with a more "grownup" implement, or with a "little boy" but presumably easier one?

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8 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:17 am

squarecutter

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I think use the same paddle this time but let Leif know he could now be suject to an upgrade. if he commits similar transgressions in the near future or indeed anything more serious But I agree, while its still working...
Small thought, would Leif get in any less trouble if he was moved out of that room

9 Re: 1/2/17 - A Growing Boy on Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:07 pm

Jack

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squarecutter wrote:I think use the same paddle this time but let Leif know he could now be suject to an upgrade. if he commits similar transgressions in the near future or indeed anything more serious But I agree, while its still working...
Small thought, would Leif get in any less trouble if he was moved out of that room

Leif already know he's subject to an upgrade (and has received a couple of them).

I don't think Leif would get in less trouble, and possibly in more. One of Leif's worst problems is his resistance to doing chores. I think having brothers around at least helps remind him when time is getting short.

That's kind of what was behind his spanking this time. We went to an early show of Sing last weekend. I asked everyone to get their chores done before we left. When we got back, Leif wanted to go hang with some friends. When I asked him if he'd finished his chores, he told me he had. Later, when I realized he hadn't, we had our discussion. While I don't consider this a knee-jerk 'defensive' lie, it's not a huge deal, but it was also his third strike. However, that's still not a big enough problem that I thought an upgrade was needed, until I realized how much growing he's done recently.


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