The second post in my musing about spanking implements. The humble wooden spoon.
The wooden spoon, an innocuous enough looking implement, but one that can strike fear into the hearts of naughty children and set bottoms tingling.
The wooden spoon tends to be thought of as something that is most commonly employed on the buttocks of younger children. It's not as heavy as say a hairbrush, but stings more than Mum's hand, while at the same time saving wear and tear on the maternal palm.
A realistic depiction of a good old fashioned wooden spoon spanking.
Because wooden spoons reside in the kitchen that's where they are most often put to use, they're quick to hand.
They have a number of advantages, they're generally fairly inexpensive (although the cheaper ones have a tendency to break, many boast of how many spoons Mum broke over their backsides. It doesn't mean they were being spanked too hard, it just means Mum should have spent a little more on the implement), readily available and as they're multifunctional no one gets an odd look from a curious clerk when purchasing one. Spoons can as easily be used to stir the soup as chastise an errant posterior, although for hygiene reasons I'd advocate having two: one for cooking and one for spanking.
While the spoon in the picture above is the most common type and most easily available they come in a number of sizes and if you really wanted to you could also substitute a sturdy wooden spatula. There are stories from years gone by of large wooden spoons being used by cooks to discipline the younger girls under their charge in the households of the aristocracy.
I quite like the spoon for younger clients and I find that it can transport the older ones back to the days of their childhood.