Ever get into a conversation with other parents about how to discipline your kids? Itís like bringing up politics at a high school reunion with a dude who is now wearing khakis like itís his job. And thereís an open bar. And he never liked you anyway because of that thing you did in 1989.

Discipline. Iíd rather subject myself to a Katherine Heigl movie marathon than get the unsolicited you-know-what-you-should-do.

Most of my old friends grew up with the spanking deterrent, coupled with elaborate stories of ďwell, back in my day.Ē Sometimes, I like to relay these tales to my new California friends, who gasp in horror as their 5-year-olds smear their brand new Janie and Jack outfits in mud while using their little brotherís $600 Bugaboo stroller as a bumper car.

ďWe like to use positive reinforcement. Itís better for their development.Ē Great. Howís that working out for you?