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Date Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013, 09:29: pm
Both were standard procedure growing up about 20 years later. Even though spanking was generally discouraged when I was a kid, every one of my friends, boy or girl, got spanked--I know because the question would invariably be asked of how my parents spanked me --which always embarrassed me. However, boys who didn't get spanked were considered spoiled or mama's boys, so I would never try to hide the fact I got spanked.
Rectal temperatures were different, because some places switched to oral at younger ages than others, so admitting to getting rectal temps was much riskier. I was mortified that other kids would find out I still got rectal temps at age 12 at the doctor, knowing that the school nurse took oral temps as young as age 6. I actually hated the rectal temps worse because it seemed to be such a baby's procedure. At least I knew spankings were universal among my friends, even though I hated them too.
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