A new child in our neighborhood was recently at our house. Out of the blue, he asked me, “does HJ get a whoopin’ when he’s in trouble?”
HJ responded with, “What’s a whooping?”
I told him it is when someone hurts you for doing something wrong.
HJ said, “Oh, you do that all the time when I am in trouble.”
Oh my goodness, what in the world.
“HJ, what happens when you get in trouble?”
He told the neighbor boy and me, “I have to go to my room until I am ready to apologize, then I talk to mom and we hug.”
“Right, so how is that a whooping?”
His response was, “because it hurts my feelings.”
Hopefully I cleared up the difference between being physically hurt and having hurt feelings.