One mum has gone and done what many have not been brave enough to do.
Mums and dads love an idle threat.
"If you don't finish your main, there'll be no dessert."
"If you punch your brother again, the tooth fairy won't visit you."
"If you don't stop that racket, you'll be walking home."
Whether or not these empty threats work is another matter. But now with December 25 coming, harassed parents everywhere have a pretty hefty bargaining tool.
The Queensland mum has gone where many have not quite been brave enough to go and told her kids that, owing to their bad behaviour, Christmas isn't happening.
In a particularly evil genius move, she told them via the medium of Elf on the Shelf, and it's left other parents very divided.
In a photo the mum sent to ABC Brisbane, we see Elsie the elf (she's not angry, just disappointed) on a Christmas tree wrapped in plastic along with a note.
"CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED FOR NOW!
"IF you want me to keep visiting, a Santa visit and your tree and presents back your behaviour needs to improve.
"Santa is very angry and I am disappointed. Be good and say sorry to mum."
The note then ends with the panic-inducing words, "I am watching."
It's a bold move, and it got a reaction reflecting this.
Many parents were outraged at what they thought to be a "cruel" and "extreme" measure.
"How mean! I hate that parents use Santa to avoid parenting. How do they manage the rest of the year?" read one outraged comment.
"Just wondering how you all blackmail your kids for the rest of the year?" fumed someone else.
However the majority of parents applauded the mum for following through with her lesson.
One mum wrote, "All these people commenting about 'Oh, that's horrible to threaten your children with no presents' etc etc.. Umm, I'm sorry but children need to learn boundaries and respect.
"Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean they're 'entitled' to receive presents.
"This is the perfect time of year to really instill that you reap what you sow. No wonder kids these days are growing up to be entitled little jerks."
"Good on her love it," added another.
One dad even added how they were doing something similar for their naughty offspring, commenting:
"One of ours will get an orange this year. Elf already gone back to North Pole while other elves continue to move. Best of luck to these parents. Parenting isn't always easy."
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