I don't mind admitting that I've uttered a few foolish threats to my kids in my time. I'm guilty of everything from 'Wait till your Father gets home' - they merely rolled their eyes at me and by the time Daddy was home I'd forgotten what the transgression was - to 'I'm going straight in to see your school Principal in the morning about your behaviour!'
They were idle threats, of course, none of which I followed through on and thus it'll come as no surprise to anyone that none of them worked in terms of persuading my kids to behave themselves.
Which is why I wasn't all that surprised to read this morning that a new reports reveals that some parents resort to calling the police when struggling to discipline their kids. Desperate times call for desperate measures, after all.
The BBC reports:
Parents are frequently calling the police to discipline their disruptive children, a report has said.
Children were often detained when parents and care homes could not cope, said Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for England and Wales.
But actually it's no laughing matter - the report found that "vulnerable children and adults were being locked in police cells as a substitute for social care" and that police "were the default response for vulnerable people in crisis".
Could you ever imagine calling the police to discipline your children? I hope to goodness that I never run out of tricks to the extent that I'd have to do so.
What's your view?