Anyone who has ever been spanked at any age will typically be able to name the worst spanking they ever experienced. For most, spankings were something that only happened at a very young age and typically only involved a few swats with a hand to their bottoms. Handspanking is the most common way to get spanked at an early age, and for many, they never experienced an implement of any sorts. But even for those that were only handspanked, they can probably still recall that one spanking that stood out more than the rest.
For those that grew up in a strict household in which corporal punishment was the primary, if not the only form of punishment, there is a good chance that as they grew older, they graduated to something other than just a handspanking from mom or dad. There are those parents out there that have the one implement that they always use, typically a belt or a wooden spoon, and there are also those parents that will spank with whatever is closest at the time. Kids in these households had the unique experience of being spanked with belts, switches, hangers, paddles, brushes, electric cords, and whatever else mom or dad could manage to find to get the job done. There is no doubt that all of these kids can tell you not only what their worst spanking was, what it was for, but can give great detail as to the implement they were spanked with.
I think in the grand scope of spanking implements, used over the generations to teach a proper lesson to a child or a teen, there is one that stands out as the granddaddy of all spanking implements, and that would be the hairbrush. We are not talking about a cheap plastic brush that is sitting on your counter right now, or even the wooden hairbrushes that you can buy in stores today, we are talking about the get to the point, tears instantly, bruise your butt in a second, antique wooden hairbrush.
This type of implement, while not as popular today, was certainly the go to item for moms of the 1950’s. This was a time when spanking was more the norm than any other form of punishment, and those moms remembered not only how it felt to feel the brush, but how well it changed their behavior instantly. In many cases, these moms used the very same brush on their daughters that they felt themselves.
These were not the days of a couple of smacks as a warning for future behavior, these were the days of “spare the rod and spoil the child”. A spanking was not a brief encounter; it was an event between a mother and her son or daughter, or both. Kids and teens were sent to their rooms to wait, knowing that they would be getting the brush. When the brush was involved, there was no doubt what the hardest spanking they ever received was, it was the one that was about to take place. These were the days when as kids grew into teens, the spankings did not go away; they just became more severe as they should know better at that age.
It was also very common in those days for kids to get in trouble together, and as a result, end up getting spanked together. This might not always mean spanked in the same room, but certainly each sent to their own rooms to wait out their fate. There would be the sounds of footsteps down the hall, as they wonder which room mom is going to start in. There is a little relief when her sister’s door opens, but sometimes going second is worse. She then hears the sounds of mom and sister, walking together down the hall to their parent’s bedroom. She is able to visualize in her mind what is happening, as she has been through it before. Mom pulls out the little stool from her dressing table and opens the drawer where the brush is stored. It is a giant wooden brush, like they have not made in 40 years, with half of the bristles missing. It is at least an inch thick and it has not seen a head of hair since it was used on their mom’s bottom 30 years before. She knows that the silence she is currently hearing is the process of a dress going up and panties going down, as she can picture her sister going over mom’s knee at that very moment.
Even from down the hall through at least one closed door, it sounds like fireworks going off. While she never really has a problem with her sister getting spanked, it is never easy when she knows that she is next. It only takes a few pops of the fireworks before her sister’s pleading and crying begin, and they will not be ending anytime soon. She tries not to count because she knows that she will receive a similar amount. There is no change in the sound or the rhythm as mom always gives it her very best. She knows her mom is not worried about school counselors, or social services, as in those days, everyone got spanked. A teen girl with a bruised bottom, changing at school, is not an abused girl, she is simply a girl who got in trouble and received what she deserved.
It is a full two minutes later before the sounds from down the hall stop, and then all she can hear is the crying. It is not a gentle sobbing; it is the sound of a young lady whose bottom is currently on fire and throbbing with every beat of her heart. It is also not a sound that fades anytime soon. She hears the crying grow louder as her sister walks down the hall and returns to her own room. Now with only one wall between her and the punished girl, the crying seems even louder. She knows from her own experience that the crying will not stop anytime soon. She hears it become a little more muffled, as it is clear that her sister has now buried her face in her covers, lying on her bed (face down of course), and really starts to let it all go. As much effort as her mom puts into any given spanking, she knows it will be several minutes before it is her turn to go over mom’s knee, as she will want to rest up before starting the process again.
It is not simply limited to the teens of the 50’s that know what a good bare bottom spanking with a brush is like, as in some strict households the tradition still continues to this day. In many cases, it is the same brush that was used on their grandmother that just keeps getting handed down. While the bristles will not last forever, a brush like that never really loses its effectiveness. For some moms, they have gone out of their way to find a brush like the one their mom used on them. It might be a good find at an antique store, or the perfect wooden bath brush found online. Regardless of what they use, you can be assured that did their best to find something that is as effective as what they felt growing up. The main benefit of such a brush is that it is heavy enough and thick enough, that any mom can achieve equal results with it.
Consider the petite mom with a 17 year old daughter that has been spanked her entire life. A mom without much arm strength is going to get nowhere using just her hand. Even a heavy belt requires some skill in getting the right swing in, but such in not the case with a hairbrush. A spanking with a wooden brush is the exact same as a spanking administered with the hand, there is simply an object that helps apply the spanking with some force. A hairbrush is the great equalizer and allows any mom to get exactly the results that she is looking for. Yes, maybe a smaller mom might need to apply it a few more times, but the end result will be the same.
Obviously, a hairbrush will always work the best when used on a girl’s bare bottom, but that does not always have to be the case. It can be used with enough force that it will get the job done regardless of the state of dress. A hairbrush is the perfect implement because it achieves many things so with so little effort. First of all, when applied to bare skin…well very few things burn more. It provides the kind of sting that really can change behavior, in such a short time. But the major benefit is that along with the sting, with each and every smack, it creates a bruise. Each swat will provide the young lady with a nice little bull’s eye on her little bottom. With her in the proper position, in which over the knee is ideal for a hairbrush spanking; her bottom will be bent just perfectly. With her bent over, the muscles of her bottom will all be pressed to the surface and it will also pull her skin tight. Even a young lady with a little extra cushion on her bottom will not be safe from the pain of a hairbrush spanking.
Each swat with the heavy wooden brush will land in a very specific spot. With a large wooden paddle, a much larger area is covered, but it also tends to diffuse the impact a little. In addition, with a big paddle, all of the swats tend to hit in close to the same spot. But with a brush and a bare bottom, mom is able to really cover all parts of the bottom while still avoiding the tailbone. All of the glut muscles are able to be targeted, thus assuring that there is no part of her bottom that will not feel long lasting soreness. Another problem with a wooden paddle, while it is able to achieve long term soreness as a result of repeated swats to the same spot, this tends to create numbness quickly. By spreading the swats around the bottom before repeating any single swat, no real numbness occurs. This allows for maximum benefit during the spanking itself, assuring that she feels as much as possible for as long as possible.
Eventually all areas that can be covered, will be covered and any further punishment will mostly be for long term benefit as her bottom will start to go numb and the overall spanking will be easier to tolerate. A mom who is able to provide the most effective spanking will begin to focus on the areas of her daughter’s bottom that are most likely to touch a seat when she sits down. With the brush she is able to really focus on the very bottom of her butt cheeks and the very top of the thighs. After just a few repeated swats to the exact same spot, full on numbness is likely, but this part of the spanking is not for the moment, it is for a few days from now. This is where the real educations begins and is likely to be a big influence on her behavior, not just in the coming days and weeks, but in the coming months and years.
Remember, we are talking about the spanking of her life, one that she will never forget. It might seem that mom is being far too strict and borderline abusive, but we are talking about issues that deal with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, breaking the law, or something that put herself of someone else in danger. This is not some basic spanking for forgetting to do chores or homework; this is a spanking that is intended to completely eliminate undesirable behavior. Her mom is able to continue to spank her bare bottom until it is black and blue because she knows how well it worked on her, for that moment in her own life, when she made the poorest of judgment calls. She is also confident that in 30 years, when her daughter’s own 16 year old daughter, comes home from “a night at the mall with friends”, reeking of alcohol and stumbling in the door, that the same brush she just used will be put to good use.