Re: Advice for parenting boys
My kids are perfect, so I don't have that problem.
However, friends of mine had the same difficulty (an unruly boy). Spankings never worked, but one day after getting a poor disciplinary report from daycare, they took absolutely every single toy the boy had and boxed them up and put them in the garage.
Every day when he came home from daycare, he was made to sit in his empty room... no toys, no television, just a bed, blankets and nothing else.
Now he behaves a LOT better and they haven't had any bad reports from daycare since.
He does have his toys back, by the way.
For my own kids, even though they're six and seven, grounding seems to do a good job. The trick is to find the one thing they love most in life (besides parents, I mean)... a favorite toy, television, etc. When they misbehave, ground them from that object for a week.
Lately, though, I've taken to make them play my World of WarCraft account, but only the fishing part... which is incredibly, incredibly tedious. One of them asked me to ground them for a week instead of making them fish for an hour.
Apples are good,
Oranges are bad,
Lemons are rude,
Bananas are perverted,
And kumquats are just, plain evil...