I am still stupefied by a conversation I had with a sheriff last year.
We were discussing teenaged boys and behavior. He asked where we were from, most likely due to our lack of a Texas accent, so we told him: Connecticut. The sheriff said, "Don't be afraid to discipline them. Teenaged boys in particular need discipline."
I said we have rules and consequences et cetera, in our family.
He eyed me and there was a silence as no one spoke for a few moments. Then he looked at my husband and I and said, "Boys need discipline. You can basically do anything to them except break a bone or kill them. That's against the law. But anything else is fair game. A bruise is fine, but no broken bones is all. Don't be afraid. Boys need that."
I was in shock. I said, "Where I'm from a child can call DPS and report the parents for child abuse if you beat them."
He replied, "This is Texas and we do things different down here. You have to discipline them or else you'll have problems. Believe me. It works."