You know, I am not a "kid" person. In fact, until we had our twins, I downright disliked kids. To a point, I still don't like them all that much, but the main part of my DJ business is doing kids events, and by kids, I don't mean teens or preteens... The vast majority of what I do is for kids ages 4 - 9.... And somehow kids LOVE ME when I DJ, and I usually have a pretty great time DJing for them.... probably because I get to go home after doing my program for them
One thing about my own kids.... I love them more than anything in the world, but they usually make it easy for me.... My kids are so darn nice, get good grades, and just as good a kid as one could hope for.... That said, I have always been one to make my expectations clear with them. And in the event that they ever need any kind of punishment, I follow through til the end. Let's day I take their iTouch away for a week..... well, they do not get it back for the full 7 days. My kids know that when I say there are consequences, I mean it...... Now my wife is not nearly as strict.
I have never spanked my kids, and I was constantly spanked as a kid... with a belt quite often. I am not a PC kind of person, but I don't know why adults back in the day thought it was a good idea to use physical abuse as punishment. Luckily, most parents these days - I hope - have broken away from beating kids. How stupid is that anyway? All it does is teach a child that violence is acceptable.