Threats only work the first time – Never Cry Wolf
Always do what you say you will do. If you’re not sure you can, then just don’t say anything. How many times have we seen people, either with their kids or pets, repeat “don’t do that or I’ll ….” over and over and over? I don’t know about you but it makes my head hurt to watch it.
Never cry wolf. Threatening to do or say something only works the first time you threaten. No one will believe you about anything you say you will do when you simply repeat the threat without any follow through. It only works the first time – after that, your credibility is shot. And, especially, don’t come running to me to ask why no one believes you – My head will already be hurting.