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I first want to say, my post was not meant to be a criticism in any shape or form. I am sorry if it came across that way, I was just sharing on how I handled spanking warnings (and swats) in front of others with my children when they got to be older.
If you want to call your decision a 'mistake', it is a minor one in the scheme of things. As I said, it certainly seems she got the message, that Mom meant business, with your daughter having to stand 15 minutes in the corner before going out with her friend.
And absolutely Moms make mistakes! I know this Mom certainly has more than once. And if any mother has told you she has been the perfect mom, making no mistakes, then she's lying and probably has made more than most.
But you do just like any other mistake and learn from it. I know some of those mistakes I've made, my children preferred I kept making them and didn't like the changes. :) Even though it was certainly best for them in the long run.
I think we can all agree that parenting is the most difficult (yet most rewarding) job there is. But SJ Mom, it sounds like you've done a wonderful job with all three of your girls, growing into mature and responsible adults that seem like they are happy. That's all we can ask for, and want, as parents.