Looking back, I probably started spanking my daughter quite late. It would have been better if she had had her first trip over Mom’s knee when she was a pre-schooler, but in fact I didn’t tan her behind for the first time until she was six years old.
By that time, Lori had become something of a handful, constantly talking back and disrespecting me, and lying to me quite a lot, nothing major but pretty often. I had tried to be a ‘progressive parent’, you see – I believed all that stuff in the books! Finally, when I the books weren’t working, I went back to good old common sense.