Another common empty threat that I often hear is the cancellation of a family trip or a party. Are you really going to cancel your family trip or a birthday party that you have been planning for a few months and already put down a deposit for? No! Then don’t threaten your child with it. Usually children act up when they are excited about an upcoming event like their birthday party or a family vacation. Acknowledge that you notice they are excited but that they still need to listen or they might get privileges taken away like: not being able to open their birthday presents during their party or maybe sitting out on a few rides when you get to Disneyland.
“Ms. Jamie knows Santa Claus so if you hit anyone at school today she will call Santa up and he won’t bring you any presents this Christmas.”
“If you don’t stop crying, you will have to stay in Ms. Jamie’s office....in the dark.”
“We are not going to Disneyland if you don’t listen to your teachers this week.”
“If you don’t leave now then I am going to leave you at school all night.”
Are there any empty threats that ever may you do a double take? Please share.
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