People on Reddit were asked: "What was the most effective punishment your parents used against you?" These are some of the best answers.
2/28 When I was in high school, my mother would shoot me with cold water from a squirt bottle if I didn't get up right away. It was super effective.
3/28 If any of us kids started acting up in a store, my mom would immediately drop what she was intending to buy, and head home. This way we learned that going to the store was a privilege, and we couldn't throw temper tantrums or scream in public. She said usually after the second time we learned our lesson and never had another problem again.
Because of this, it irritates me when I see parents buying their child candy in stores, because then the kid learns that if they misbehave, they get a treat.
4/28 The first and only time I stole something I was 13 and got caught at a bookstore in NYC for stealing a couple DVDs, mind you I bought a bunch first and then shoplifted a few and put them in my bag. Long story short my dad walked me around the city for hours forcing me to tell strangers on the way that I was a thief and to tell them what I had done. Almost everyone he had me tell on the subways and buses/streets gave me mixed reactions and disapproval. I'll never steal again.
5/28 My dad never raised his voice at me. Do you know how frustrating that is when you're screaming and pouring out all of your teen angst and your dad just says, "I understand you're frustrated." His patience floored me every time. Growing up is hard.
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