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I first want to say the spankings are well needed, good for you. A half hour late would have earned a spanking here, as well. And a no answer on their cell phone would have made it even worse for them.
I always had a grace period with mine of 10 minutes. I always told mine to give themselves plenty enough time to make it home before curfew, to avoid my lap. But I understand things out of their control can still happen, so I gave the 10 minute grace period. If they made it home in that time, there would be no consequences. But of course part of the grace period was an expected phone call letting me know they were going to be a little late and why.
And I made it clear to them that the grace period was just that, it was not an extension on their curfew. If it was something that began to happen on a regular basis, then I would remove it for as long as I felt necessary and they were expected to be home 'on' their curfew or earlier. No extra leeway. However, that only happened once, and was with my middle daughter. I removed her grace period for a month.
Annah, in regards to the spankings for your two. Much like Mary, spanking for curfew is something I usually took care of when they got home. There were times I did wait until the next morning, but if it was if they were 'really' late or if they were in a less than desirable condition (that only happened a couple of times between all of mine) and just needed to get to sleep. But their spankings were taken of as soon as possible, next morning usually.
However, for a late curfew of only 30 minutes late that is a spanking (or spankings) I would have taken care of when they walked in the door.