This is a friend's status update from her Facebook page:
afternoon my children were awful! My hubby and I decided
we had had enough! I announced, "No ice cream for anyone tonight." Hubby
said, "Well, I don't know about that, WE didn't do anything wrong,
let's you and I go and get ice cream and the kids have to watch us eat
it." So off to Super Duper Scoops we went. My husband even pointed out
to the children that there was a happy little girl inside dancing around
because she got to have ice cream. Cruel and usual punishment, hmmm?
Here are my children's reactions. :( :( :( "
If you read my post from yesterday, you know that I see a big difference between "mean" and "cruel", at least in how I use those two words. My friend is hardly cruel--she was teaching her kids a valuable lesson: you don't get rewarded for unacceptable behavior. Or at least they don't. Yes, I'm sure the punishment stung, but down the road the sting will be gone but hopefully the lesson will remain. Carry on!