Last night Tim spanked the youngest Offspring. And while he did so behind the closed bedroom door, I sat downstairs on the couch listening while a single tear rolled down my cheek. It hurt my heart to hear the little boy crying out in pain.
Don’t get me wrong, the kid deserved it. He showed his ass at dinner and if he were my kid I would have spanked him too on the spot! But hours after his misdeeds, after I had delivered Babs’ style of punishment and I discussed with him why I did what I did, I was ready to drop it and continue smothering him with kisses.
His dad? Not so much. You see he had left the children under my care for the evening, and when he learned of the show the youngest had put on, he decided a spanking was in order.
What did the Youngest do that was bad? Numerous things- the worst of which was calling me names and putting his feet on the table. Did I mention we were in a public restaurant? When I told him to sit up straight and get his feet off the table, he refused. That was my final straw. He had enough warnings. I promptly grabbed his food, including his drink and cookies and threw it away.
After the spanking, the Youngest came downstairs and looked at me pitifully. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and give him kisses, but I knew that would elicit another spanking on MY behind (and not the good kind). So I sat there chewing my nails while he went to the bathroom to clean up his face.
After he came out of the bathroom, Tim smiled at him and said some nice words to him and gave him a hug. The youngest smiled and looked at his dad lovingly. The situation was over.
Later, Tim explained to me that he knows I don’t like spanking but he believes in disciplining his children now so that he doesn’t have problems with them later in their teen years. He is laying the foundation for respectful, young men. He told me that is probably only the third spanking he has ever received. I told him I didn’t have a problem with him spanking them, but I just wasn’t prepared to be around when he did it. I, too, believe in raising children with a firm hand.
There is nothing worse than seeing an unruly child who disrespects or doesn’t mind his parents.
Do you spank your children? Were you spanked as a child?