Children, simotaniously the source of our greatest joy and deepest anguish.
the hope is that there is more joy then anguish. Props for adoption, and at such an advanced age.
Make sure your wife and you are on the same page, both of you need to back each other up, never should the children see you disagree with each other about the children. even if you do, save it for later when you two are alone. Work it out, then present a solid front.
I used to tell the kids the only thing between them and a spanking, was mom... so mom is your friend, don't whine, don't bug her while she is on the phone, don't give her lip about ANYTHING... cuz all she needs to do is say..."wup em" and the hammer is comming down...
... and dad. well dad was wup em and ask questions later.... so mom was their only hope.
Not sure about the lieing, I always said there were two reasons to get spanked... Lieing, and Sassing... both are sins of Commission and neither is "accidental". You lie because you want to decieve, you sass because you have no respect for the person you are sassing.
I suppose you can set some "lie traps", catch him and have some unpleasent but agreed upon punishment, as a method of breaking him of the habit... but habitual liers, it becomes second nature, if it's easier to tell the lie... it's told before they can even think about it. And 9 years old and entrenched in lies... that's a hard habit to break.
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Last edited by Rifleman; 10-24-2012 at 01:32 PM.