Apr 13, 2011

Wordful Wednesday and Why My Legs are Sore Today

Pardon the alabaster legs.  Someone really needs a tan.

No segue and totally random, hypothetical question that has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with my life -

Is it ever appropriate to spank a 13 year old child when she is tired, cranky, and radiates unfocused anger while lashing out at anyone and everyone which ruins a family vacation?  At least after the hour of 7:00 p.m. every night.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and experience.  Again, not that it is relevant to my life or anything... just an overall parental support question.

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I support spankings on all levels.

Amy said...

I would say yes, but the spanking should take the form of removed privileges or possessions.

Speaking as someone who was spanked as a 13 year old, the embarrassment of being spanked overrules the lesson, in my opinion.

M-Cat said...

Spank away, or as I prefer to call it - a lovingly swat to the behinder

M-Cat said...

Spank away, or as I prefer to call it - a lovingly swat to the behinder

June Freaking Cleaver said...

I never found spanking to be effective past the age of training pants.

For a 13-year old girl who is not at all cooperative, and makes everyone else's existence unpleasant, I found shunning worked wonders.

I simply excluded her from any and all conversation and activities we took part in.

She hated that sense of isolation and being ignored - and would return to civility.

I might recommend a nap, too. Teens need more sleep - maybe that's why she was cranky in the evening.

CountessLaurie said...

I am just hoping my seven year old skips the teen years... I have no answers.

Heidi Smith Luedtke -- LeadingMama said...

I say shun her and pour everyone else a cocktail. Well, everyone who's old enough... ;-)

Tiffany said...

Wow - if you do find a solution that works, POST IT HERE! My 12 year old and your 13 year old were clearly separated at birth. We've tried counseling, psychiatry, medications, fasting and prayer and so far she still ruins every family vacation...

Tonia said...

My mom once drove within a mile of our destination, pulled the car over, pointed the way, told me not to let strangers give me a ride and kicked me out of the car. I fumed all the way home, took my time, went a longer route and thought about how worried she would be when I showed up over two hours later. I walked in to find out she didn't care. Did my attitude wonders.