When my daughter was about four-years-old, we were out at a restaurant eating dinner. She kept misbehaving, and I told her that if she continued with her bad behavior she would receive a spanking. She looked right at me and misbehaved again, so I picked her up to carry her to the restroom and give her a stern talking to and (maybe) a spanking. As we are walking through the restaurant, her on my hip, she starts wailing VERY loudly: “Please don’t beat me, mommy! I’ll be a good girl! I promise!” The other diners looked at me in horror. It was mortifying.
Therese, mother of 4