Unfinished Threats

You hear it all the time:

  • If you don’t stop right now I going to…
  • Would you two stop, or so help me…
  • Stop fighting or I’ll…

What exactly are we (parents) going to do? Why is it that we can’t complete the sentance?

Perhaps we’d like the kids to think the punishment is so bad that we can’t bear to mention it.

I wonder what that threat would look like if we followed through.

Almost too horrific to dwell on.

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