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Ask Rene: My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend SPANKED MY KID!


Ask Rene:
My Ex-Boyfriend’s New Girlfriend


Hi Rene:

I am a longtime reader but I don’t think I have seen this topic addressed yet. 

My ex-boyfriend and I were together for four years. I got pregnant very soon in the relationship and we have a son. We share custody of him and so far things have been going pretty well. Until recently.

My ex has a new girlfriend and they have been together just a couple of months. Well, the other day, my son came home and told me that she had spanked him! Needless to say I am FURIOUS!

I haven’t had a chance to talk with my ex about it but I’m pretty sure that when I do, the conversation will not go well. 

Rene, what should I do?


Pissed in Peoria


Dear Pissed:

I’d probably be pissed too but I think cooler heads need to prevail in this case. So let’s look at the facts as we know them and take it from there, shall we? Here’s what I would do if I were you.


2. Talk To Your Ex

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After you talk to your son, this needs to be the next conversation and it might be a difficult one. This should be between you and your ex only and center on the current (and future) girlfriends. Who is going to administer discipline? What will that be, spankings, time-outs or something else? Or should discipline be left to the parent? Figure that out and then go on to the next step.

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