Most unusual punishment your parents used?

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  1. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    This came up in conversation the other day and now I'm curious. What was the most memorable/most unusual punishment your parents used to change your behaviour?

    I was grounded from reading. Yes, yes, I am that nerdy. My parents caught me reading under the covers really late at night after being told for the umpteenth time to not do so. (I would stay up reading until the wee hours and then be hateful and draggy all the next day.) They banned all pleasure reading for two weeks. I could talk on the phone, watch TV, play video games, whatever. I just couldn't pick up a book. I was miserable. Clearly it was memorable as this was probably 30 years ago. [​IMG]

    What did your parents do? (And this doesn't actually have to be an effective punishment. I still stay up reading until the wee hours and then am cranky the next day!)

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I grew up in an era of punishment that is seen as abuse these days. Bar of soap in the mouth, switch from a tree, belt across the backside, etc. But the oddest punishment was I couldn't have my vitamins for a week because I ate too many of them. [​IMG]
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    We were usually so afraid of my dad that we didn't dare misbehave. Or at least not much.
    I do remember one Sunday morning my sister and I fought so loud over the sunday newspaper funnies that we woke our parents.
    Every weekend morning after that if we got up before they did, we had to sit on the bed with our hands in our lap until they got up. We were allowed to go to the bathroom, but that was it.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:[​IMG] All because of the funnies. That is cute.
  5. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    I don't know about "weird" punishments, but we had a large willow tree outside. "Pick your switch" was not a metaphore at our house [​IMG]
  6. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    I skipped a single class in highschool. My parents decided if I was going to cut school I should be useful, so they took me out of school for a week and made me work my dad's store (idea was I'd hate having to work and beg to go back to school). Turns out I'm really good at running a store, when the week was up I had a $500 commission check and a job for the next 4 years, after school of course.
  7. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    North Carolina
    very lucky for me never had unusual.

    just the usual "wait til your father gets home" scare worked but Mom also never told on us..LOL

    grounded for a few minutes, never the length of time threatened which was nice! [​IMG]

    I grew up easy and fortunate. My 2 brothers and me never had to worry about punishments. We were decent kids also...never pushed too far. Mom would get a "scary look" if we went overboard and if we saw that "look" we backed off, scared what might happen. HA HA never found out.

  8. 19Dawn76

    19Dawn76 Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    Toadsuck, AR
    Quote:I was grounded from reading also. I remember one summer I would stay up and read a Nancy Drew book every night. I had a flashlight and I read under the covers. As I got older they would threaten me with "No more trips to the library for you!" I got in trouble at school for reading in class too.[​IMG]
  9. Terri

    Terri Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    Level Cross, NC
    i got home 5 minutes after curfew, 11 o'clock, my dad took the distubutor cap and wires, and plugs off my car. I could have my car back went i put it back together. I can change a tire too. My dad was super cool. He knew exactly how to make his kids learn a lesson. I still have problems with carbs.
  10. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    My dad just talked and explained. My mom was a strong proponent of switches, small ladies' belts and LOTS of yelling. She considered creative punishments pretentious. Funny, I never purposely disobeyed my dad. I sneaked from Mom at every opportunity.

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