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Subject: Re: Jack (aged 10) on grounding and spanking

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Date Posted: 10:01:55 08/20/22 Sat
In reply to: Cordelia 's message, "Jack (aged 10) on grounding and spanking" on 07:52:15 08/07/22 Sun

Cordelia, I’m not a believer in using grounding as a punishment with my kids. At least not yet because of their age it really doesn’t have any great effect. A visit from my hairbrush to an upturned bare rump does have great effect.

>I was thinking this morning about the walks Jack and I
>used to on Sundays. I found he would talk to me much
>more if he was free to run about than if I sat him
>down, when he would just squirm and want to get away
>as soon as possible.
>One day when he must have been 10 or so he was telling
>me about one of his friends who had been grounded and
>how terrible it was. Jack listed all the things he
>couldn't do and got quite passionate about it, waving
>his arms about.
>When I asked Jack if he thought it was better to be
>spanked, he went all coy with me and didn't want to
>answer. But if he was 10 it was probably not long
>since he had been spanked so he didn't want to give me
>any encouragement to apply the back of the hairbrush
>to his bare bottom again.
>I never got the impression Jack resented being
>spanked, not least because he was happy to make jokes
>about it. I have told the story before about him
>getting his first hairbrush spanking after treading
>mud into the house - the spanking was not for the mud
>but for ignoring lots of reminders. If I ever said
>"Don't forget to wipe your feet" after that he would
>rub his bottom in an exaggerated way and say "I
>He tended to avoid discussions of spanking, though he
>did tell my father in a matter of fact way that he was
>spanked with the hairbrush "now I'm a big boy". He was
>8 - practically grown up! Like the jokes, that
>suggested to me that he didn't find spanking too
>terrible, even though the brush obviously stung a
>whole lot more than my hand.
>What did other mothers find? Were your boys pleased
>they were spanked and not punished in some other way?
>Did they ever talk about spanking?

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