“Do you have the green crayon?” Alexis asked her older sister, who was kindly sitting cross-legged on the floor coloring with her.
“Yeah…do you want it?” Addie asked without looking up from her picture.
“Yeah, I need it for my trees.”
“Okay, just a sec, I’m almost finished with it,” Addie said, filling in a grassy area.
Addie finished coloring the grass and looked up, handing the crayon to Alexis.
“What IS that?” Alexis asked laughing, pointing at some sort of animal Addie had drawn.
“Um…obviously it’s a squirrel!”
“THAT’S a squirrel???” Alexis laughed.
“Okay, okay. I told you I suck at drawing!” Addie exclaimed jokingly, and then wrote the word squirrel with an arrow pointing to the animal, which made Alexis laugh harder. “Wait a minute…what’s THAT?” Addie asked, pointing at an unidentifiable creature on Alexis’s page. Alexis gave her an over-dramatic shocked look.
“It’s a bird!!
“Huh. Doesn’t really look like a bird to me,” Addie retorted, smiling.
“Fine!” Alexis exclaimed, and wrote the word bird with an arrow pointing to it on her page. “Better?” she asked, and they both burst out laughing. Between their laughter and the Justin Beiber music coming from the CD player (compliments of Alexis, who did NOT, for the record, have a crush on him), neither of them heard their mother come home from work and both jumped when she appeared in the doorway of the living room wanting to know what was so funny.
“That’s a squirrel??” Téa asked, mirroring Alexis’s earlier reaction.
“Seriously…I get the point, I suck,” Addie said, pretending to be sad.
“Did you guys have a good day?” Téa asked, sitting down on the ottoman closest to where the girls were sitting, and reaching out to smooth Addie’s hair affectionately.
Addie said she did, and chattered a bit about something that happened at soccer practice. Alexis became unusually quiet, and went back to her coloring.
“What about you Alexis, did you have a good day?” Téa asked curiously.
“It was okay,” Alexis answered without looking up.
“Mmm hmm, and did anything happen today that you’d like to tell me about?” Téa asked pointedly. Addie immediately knew that Alexis was in trouble. That was the type of question that suggested so, and she also knew that it would be in Alexis’s best interest to tell their mother exactly what happened before she wound up in more trouble. Alexis, on the other hand, wasn’t as experienced with this sort of thing, and would continue to deny that anything had happened until Téa made it obviously that she knew something.
“No, it was just a normal day,” Alexis said, still not looking up from her picture.
“That’s not what Miss Smith said when she called me at work this afternoon,” Téa said, sounding less than impressed.
“She called you?!” Alexis exclaimed, looking up, slightly panicked.
“Yes, she did. So I’m going to ask you again. Did anything happen at school that you’d like to tell me about?”
“Well…I guess so,” Alexis said.
“Go ahead then,” Téa prodded, leaning in, resting her elbows on her knees to be closer to Alexis’s level.
“Well…me and Robin were talking, and Miss Smith asked us to stop. So we did for a little while, but then we started again,” Alexis said nervously.
“And then what happened?”
“Um..I said “yeah whatever” and rolled my eyes, and she sent me to the principal’s office. I had to write lines at recess,” she finished quietly.
“You know how I feel about your behavior at school young lady, and I don’t like being called in the middle of the day to be told that my sweet daughter has been extremely rude to her teacher and had to be sent to the principal’s office. I expect you to be polite to everyone, and you certainly know better than to talk during class, especially after you’ve been asked to stop. You were very disrespectful Alexis, and I want you to write Miss Smith a letter apologizing for how you acted today,” Téa lectured.
“But everyone laughed, my friends thought it was funny!” Alexis exclaimed. Addie rolled her eyes, annoyed. Alexis had turned nine a couple of months earlier and not long after that she had developed quite an attitude, and would say anything if she thought it would be funny. She was a sweet and kind girl, and truly was Addie’s best friend in the world, but she wasn’t loving Alexis’s new and constant attention-seeking behavior. A few too many adults had been laughing at Alexis’s smart comments and telling her how cute she was, and things were starting to go too far. Addie knew that she would never get away with half of what Alexis did. But she remained silent.
“I’ll bet they did, but your teacher and principal didn’t think it was funny, and I most certainly don’t find it funny at all. I’m very disappointed that you acted like that, you know better,” Téa said seriously.
“Okay, sorry Mom,” Alexis said quietly, knowing that she would always be overruled by the opinion of her mother.
“Okay, I want you to go to your room and work on your letter until dinner’s ready, and you’re grounded for the weekend,” Téa said.
“The weekend?” Alexis exclaimed, standing up. “No, I can’t be! What about the movie? Addie’s taking me to see Eclipse!”
“I’m sorry Alexis, you’ll have to see the movie another time.”
“No! I’ve been waiting for…ever! I HAVE to see it tomorrow! Addie already bought the tickets!” Alexis cried, looking to Addie for help.
“I did buy the tickets already,” Addie offered.
“Well then Addie will have to go to the movie with one of her friends because you’re not going Alexis, and that’s final. Now go to your room,” Téa ordered more firmly, sensing a tantrum.
“No! MOM! That’s not fair! You HAVE to let me go!” Alexis raged. She had been looking forward to going to see Eclipse for the entire week. She always loved it when Addie took her places, thinking her older sister was so cool, and being with her made Alexis feel like she was cool too.
Téa approached Alexis and kneeled down, gently grasping her arm.
“Listen to me Alexis. Your behavior today was unacceptable, and you’re being punished. I won’t change my mind, and unless you want a spanking I suggest you do as you’re told and go to your room right now,” she said quietly and seriously. Alexis yanked her arm free, stomped her foot, let out a loud growly sound of anger and frustration and stomped out of the room.
Téa ran her hand through her hair, stifling her anger. She stood up and turned to Addie apologetically.
“I’m sorry sweetie,” she said.
“It’s okay. I feel bad though, should I wait and see the movie when Alexis can go?”
“Aww that’s sweet, but you already have tickets. You shouldn’t have to suffer because Lex is in trouble honey. Besides, you could always see it twice,” Téa said putting her arm around Addie and hugging her close.
“I’ll go call Bailey then, she wants to see it too!” Addie exclaimed, and skipped into the kitchen to find the phone. Téa started to follow Addie into the kitchen to start dinner but stopped dead in her tracks when she heard a loud crash coming from upstairs. Téa angrily rolled her eyes and shook her head, quickly running up the stairs. She stopped first at Alexis’s room. The door was open but the room was empty. Confused, she turned and continued down the hall. Addie’s room was empty too. The office? She crossed the hall and poked her head into her office. Also empty. That left either the bathroom or her own bedroom.
She continued down the hall and stopped at her room, letting out a loud gasp when she saw what was inside. A large glass vase was in pieces on the floor, and Alexis had a simple pearl necklace in her hands and was about to pull it at each end, which would send pearls flying.
“ALEXIS!” Téa snapped, unable to control her anger. Alexis turned to see her mother standing in the doorway looking absolutely furious. She had planned to do this without getting caught, and as her plan quickly fell apart she immediately realized that she was in big trouble. She took a step backwards right onto a shard of glass, and cried out, lifting her foot up.
“Don’t move,” Téa said calmly, her anger being replaced by concern as she realized that Alexis was surrounded by glass. As she quickly grabbed a pair of shoes and slipped them on, Alexis started to cry.
“It’s okay sweetie, just stay calm. Don’t move or you might cut yourself again,” Téa said, carefully walking over the glass and picking Alexis up. Alexis latched onto her mother and cried into her shoulder as Téa carried her out of the room and down the hall into the bathroom, setting her down on the countertop.
“Okay, let’s check out the damage,” Téa said, kneeling down to look at Alexis’s foot.
“Mommyyyy it hurts!!” Alexis sobbed.
“I know baby, it’s okay, I think I can fix it,” Téa said, smiling at Alexis. “Alright. This might hurt just a little,” she said as she quickly pulled the chunk of glass out, discovering that the damage pretty much just amounted to a semi-deep scratch. Alexis sucked in her breath as her crying started to stop and her breathing return to normal.
“Ow ow ow ow” Alexis whined as Téa quickly put a dab of polysporin and a bandaid on the bottom of Alexis’s foot, and then stood up.
“Okay?” Téa asked, kissing Alexis’s forehead and rubbing her back. Alexis nodded her head yes.
“Good,” Téa said as she lifted Alexis down off the counter, setting her on her feet. “Because you are in SO much trouble!”
Téa landed two firm spanks in the middle of Alexis’ denim-covered bottom and gently pushed her out the door and lead her across the hallway into her office. She took hold of Alexis’s upper arm and walked her to the corner. It all happened so fast that Alexis didn’t have a chance to protest, except to loudly express a snotty “OW!” in response to the spanks.
“I want you to listen to me very carefully Alexis because I’m very angry with you, and I’m very serious. You’re in time-out until I come back to talk to you because what you did was very, very bad and I need some time to calm down. I want you to turn around and face the corner, and think about what you did. Do you understand me?” Téa said slowly.
“But Mommm! Who cares that I said fine whatever? It’s not like I swore or anything! This is stupid, and so not fair,” Alexis said, her voice dripping with sass.
“I love you to pieces Alexis, but I don’t like you very much right now. You better lose the attitude by the time I get back or you’ll be in one pile of trouble. Turn around, NOW,” she said sternly, and held her breath as Alexis rolled her eyes and turned to face the corner.
Téa swallowed her frustration with Alexis and went over to her desk. She opened the bottom drawer, took out the oval, thin wooden hairbrush that had thus far been reserved for her older daughter, and slammed it down ontop of her desk. Alexis jumped and turned around, and when it clicked that the hairbrush was being taken out because her Mom was going to spank her with it, she started to realize that she had gone too far.
“Mommy, I’m sorryyyy!! Please don’t!” Alexis pleaded quietly, tears building beneath her eyelids.
“Alexis, I told you to turn around and face the corner,” Téa said, looking at Alexis expectantly and motioning for her to turn back around.
“But Mom…..” Alexis whined desperately.
“Now!” Téa exclaimed, and Alexis finally obeyed. Téa was only planning to use the hairbrush to get Alexis’s attention. Only a few well-placed swats would be necessary, and she was sure Alexis wouldn’t soon forget it. She then left the room, and went down to start dinner.
After she had everything put together and in the oven she poked her head into the living room where Addie was sprawled out on the couch chatting on the phone.
“Ad,” Téa called from the doorway, not wanting to interrupt.
“Just a sec,” Addie said into the phone. “Yeah?”
“I just put dinner in the oven. Can you take it out in 45 minutes if I’m not down?”
“Yep, sure,” Addie said.
“Thanks sweetie,” she said, and turned to go upstairs. She was still quite angry with Alexis, and also a little surprised by her behavior. Although Alexis frequently had major attitude problems at home, she never acted poorly at school. Her teachers have always praised Téa for raising such a well-mannered, polite and sweet daughter. She always did her best to never punish her kids when she was still angry but Alexis was only 9, and couldn’t be expected to stand up there alone in the corner for hours. This was after all her own fault for letting Alexis away with too much. She couldn’t help it. Alexis was her youngest daughter and the cutest kid in her class. But Téa was a little biased. She resolved to stop giving Alexis everything she wants and, more importantly, to stop bending to meet Alexis’ mood and temper. This would only be her little girl’s third real spanking ever and Téa was more angry than she had ever been with her.
She walked down the upstairs hallway with an even pace knowing that little Alexis would be able to hear her steps and hopefully feel a little fear. She stepped inside her office to find Alexis lounging in an overstuffed leather chair in the corner of the room. Téa stopped dead in her tracks, feeling her blood pressure raise slightly.
“What do you think you’re doing young lady?” she asked, not at all impressed.
“What??” Alexis asked, acting like she didn’t know what her mother was talking about.
“I told you to stand with your nose in that corner,” she said, pointing to the corner and approaching Alexis, “and think about what you did to end up there.”
“I did!” she exclaimed.
“You were supposed to STAY there!” she emphasized.
“Well I didn’t know that, you just told me I was in time out, you didn’t say for how long I had to stand there!” Alexis sassed.
“I want you to pay very close attention to what I’m going to say right now. I am sick and tired of you pretending not to know things and thinking it’s cute. You may fool other people Alexis, but you’re not fooling me. I know that you know exactly what I meant when I told you to stand in the corner, am I right?” she asked, drilling holes into Alexis with her furious eyes.
“No! You never said!” Alexis yelled back, her voice thick with attitude.
“Don’t…..yell….at me.” Téa said slowly, fighting herself to stay calm. “And don’t ever lie to me again. Did you know that I meant for you to stay in the corner until I came back?” she asked more slowly. By now Alexis was growing slightly nervous at the fact that her mother hadn’t relented, laughed, and told her she was cute or silly for misunderstanding, like she normally did. She just stared, causing Alexis to squirm a little, and pick at a loose thread on her sleeve. She eventually hung her head and nodded yes.
“Yes. That’s what I thought. Look at me when I’m speaking to you please,” she said, lifting Alexis’ chin with her fingers and thumb. “You’re 9 years old Alexis, not 6. I’m finished letting you run this house. I’m not going to buy you a Kit-Kat bar just to keep you happy when we have to run an errand anymore. I’m not going to buy you a magazine to stop you from pouting and complaining when we have to pick Addie up from her dance class, and I’m not taking you to McDonalds after school when I already have dinner in the oven just because you demand it because you’re 9 years old…almost 10 actually, and you’ve been acting very immature lately throwing tantrums and being snotty and rude when you have to do something you don’t want to. From now on there will be consequences for behavior like that, do you understand me?”
Alexis didn’t like what she was hearing one bit, but she nodded anyways. Her mother almost always gave her what she wanted if she put up a big enough fuss and it was clear that those days were over because she knew her mother also never made empty threats.
“Good. Now, I want you back in that corner right now, young lady” she ordered. Alexis sighed dramatically and slowly got out of her chair and returned to the corner. She crossed her arms, shifted her weight, and sighed again, obviously annoyed with the proceedings.
“Stop being such a drama queen Alexis, it’s getting really old,” Téa lectured.
“I’m NOT!” Alexis retorted.
“Alright, that’s enough. You’re obviously not getting the point here….”
“I DO get it!” Alexis interrupted, turning around. “But I don’t WANT a spanking!!!” she whined.
“And you think that by arguing with me and being rude you’ll avoid a spanking?” Téa asked, raising an eyebrow.
“Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeassssseeee???” Alexis begged, smiling sweetly.
“Enough,” Téa snapped, reaching out and grasping Alexis’ arm and pulling her over to the chair that had been placed in the middle of the room. Sitting down, she pulled Alexis over her lap and held her there firmly with one arm while the other went to work stinging Alexis’ bottom quickly and with purpose.
“Ow! Let go of me!!!!” Alexis yelled, fighting with every ounce of her small being to free herself.
“The more you fight with me, the more this is going to hurt,” Téa warned.
“Noooo!” Alexis cried, struggling harder. In response, Téa tightened her grip and continued spanking Alexis quickly and firmly. She continued until Alexis started to cry and consequently weakened her fighting. She took this opportunity to tug Alexis’ jeans down to her knees, taking her white flowery panties with them. This all happened so fast that Alexis didn’t have a chance to stop her. At 9 years old she was still quite small for her age and was easily lifted, moved around, and held in place by her mother. Téa then maneuvered Alexis so that both of her legs were pinned between Téa’s, and her ability to move was completely taken away from her.
“Mom!! No!” Alexis cried. “I’ll be good!!”
“Mmm hmm, I certainly hope that after this performance you will start being good,” Téa responded, accompanying her words with firm spanks to Alexis’ right cheek, then left. She spanked Alexis quite vigorously, forgetting for a few minutes that she was dealing with Alexis, not Addie, and although she thought she might be using a bit too much force, she was really angry with Alexis and didn’t think she should be let off lightly just because she was younger.
After a few minutes of Téa silently spanking Alexis in a firm, methodical way, and Alexis trying to be stoic and prove to her mother that she wasn’t bothered by what was happening, she finally couldn’t take it anymore and started sobbing and promising to be good forever and ever no matter what. Téa let her go on like this for a little while before stopping and standing Alexis up. Her bottom had been bright red for a while now, so it was nearly time to stop anyways. She held Alexis in front of her with her panties twisted around her knees and let her cry for a moment, hopping from foot to foot to alleviate some of the pain that she so badly wanted to rub away.
“Now that I have your full attention, I’d like you to tell me why you’re being punished please” Téa said, looking Alexis directly in the eyes.
“Because I got in trouble at school” Alexis blubbered.
“No. Alexis, calm down and listen to me. You’re not being spanked right now because you got into trouble at school. I grounded you for the weekend for getting in trouble at school. You’re getting this spanking because you threw a tantrum and broke my vase. I understand that you were angry and didn’t like hearing that you can’t go to the movie this weekend, but being rude, stomping your foot, and breaking things is not how we express our anger in this house. We speak to each other civilly and accept the consequences of our actions. Do you understand that?”
Alexis sniffled and nodded her head that she understood.
“Good. I don’t ever want to see that kind of behavior from you again,” she warned. “And to make sure you fully understand what will happen to you the next time you act like you did today, I think it’s time you felt the hairbrush.” She said, pulling Alexis once more over her lap and securing her in place with her knees. “Give me your hand please, I don’t want to accidentally nip it with the brush,” she said, reaching out and grasping Alexis’ hand and pinning it at the small of her back.
Téa picked up the shiny, mahogany oval hairbrush and tapped it lightly on Alexis’ bottom. Alexis jumped at its touch, and whimpered slightly.
“I want you to repeat after me Alexis….I’m being spanked because I threw a tantrum…” Téa started, speaking gently.
“I’m….being..spanked..because I threw a…tantrum,” Alexis repeated shakily.
“And because I broke my Mom’s favourite vase on purpose because I was mad,” Téa said, and Alexis repeated it slowly, and with a slight cry of anticipation, with tears now falling onto the carpet.
“Good girl,” Téa said, lifting the hairbrush off of Alexis’ bare red bottom and brought it back down with stinging force, leaving a hairbrush-shaped imprint on Alexis’ little bottom, and eliciting a high-pitched cry. Téa delivered a second forceful spank to her bottom, and then a third and fourth.
“Mommmmyyyyyyyy!!! Pleaseeee stoppp!” Alexis cried, trying to twist herself in any direction she could, which was nearly impossible.
“You’re 9 years old, so you’ll be getting 9 spanks,” Téa explained calmly.
“Noooo, it…it…it…hurtssssssssssssss!” Alexis wailed.
“It does, doesn’t it? Just remember that it’ll hurt much more next time, I’ll make sure of that. So remember what I said about being rude and throwing tantrums when you don’t get what you want,” Téa lectured gently.
She delivered the next five spanks slowly, giving Alexis ample time to think about what was happening and why, and by the time she finished, Alexis was a sobbing little girl who was struggling to catch her breath.
“I’m all finished sweetheart,” Téa said, reaching down to tuck Alexis’ fallen hair behind her ear and softly smoothing it.
“It hurtssss” Alexis repeated, crying.
“I know,” Téa said, rubbing Alexis’ back calmingly.
After a couple of minutes, she helped Alexis up, pulled her panties back up, which made Alexis cry harder for a moment, and led her back to her corner.
“I want you to stand here and think about what you did. I’ll come back and get you when dinner’s ready,” Téa said.
Alexis crossed her arms somewhat angrily, stomped her foot slightly, and let out an annoyed heavy breath.
“So help me Alexis, if you don’t lose that attitude by the time I come back, we’re starting all over again,” she said, firmly slapping Alexis’ bottom twice.
“Ow!! Sorry!” Alexis cried, covering her bottom with her hands.
“I’m serious. I’m sick of this, and I’m not putting up with it anymore,” she said, spanking Alexis twice more. She turned and left her office, stopping outside the door to run her hand through her hair and gently massage her head…it was starting to ache, and she had a feeling that Alexis wasn’t going to be quite as easy to deal with in adolescence as Addie had been.