Growing up I was a very obedient child… Yes, I really was!
My family has always been extremely close and my parents were fantastic but yet I was terrified of them! They never raised a hand to us, they never shouted and I can’t remember ever having items/toys banned or being grounded.
So what kept me and my two siblings in line, you must be wondering? … It was my mum’s DEATH STARE!
It was harsh! It terrified us! She only had to look in our direction with that furry in her eyes and we knew we had crossed the line. So we would stop dead in our tracks and redeem our behaviour instantly.
It’s funny now thinking about it because although we knew this stare meant we were inches away from getting in trouble, we never actually knew what getting into trouble meant! We’d never had any repercussions. Now I wonder, had I not stopped when that stare was shot my way – what would my mum have done as a follow-up punishment?
But I’m glad I had enough sense to never find out.
Unfortunately, this death stare isn’t one of the things I’ve inherited from my mum. In fact I did try it on my children and they actually laughed at me! They thought it was my way of breaking the tension. And when I tried it in front of mirror, I can understand why… It was a laughable sight! I’ll keep practising though…
What about you – Where you a good child or where you challenging?
The only punishment my children respect is the banning one – I threaten to ban their phones and PlayStation 4. It works a dream!
How did your parents/guardians deal with your behaviour? And did it work? How do you mange your children’s behaviour?
I’d love to know more about how time has changed behavioural issues so please drop me a comment below with your experiences…
(Whilst this post is supposed to be humorous, I appreciate that some of you may have had a tough upbringing and I apologise if this post has brought back any unwanted feelings or memories)