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in threatening my son with military school

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southeastastra · 31/08/2007 22:17

even though we don't have them in the uk?

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southeastastra · 31/08/2007 22:22

well i'll do it anyway. seemed to work in 80's films

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Dabbles · 31/08/2007 22:30

How very Malcolm in the middle of you!


paolosgirl · 31/08/2007 22:31

No, we do it all the time. I'm kind of glad we don't have them here, or else he would be there, and I'm probably miss him at some point.


LittleBella · 31/08/2007 22:33

I didn't know thye had such a thing.

He might catch on that there aren't any. Why not threaten him with BratCamp instead?

(Or would that be counterproductive because everyone wants to be on TV nowadays?)


southeastastra · 31/08/2007 22:36

yes it would be counterproductive

my son is very lazy atm and i am turning into the mum from malcolm in the middle (it's a great shwow)

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LittleBella · 31/08/2007 22:38

You could tell him you'll send him to the non-televised one


southeastastra · 31/08/2007 22:45

ha. what is it with kids today? im bemused. he is watching bb at the moment. it seems to have captured something. it's grim - i'll sort him out i hope.

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paolosgirl · 31/08/2007 22:50

I think this could be a good business opportunity here...get a couple of ex-soldiers, a few teachers, an old building yonder back of nowhere, and bob's your uncle. I'd pay for DS to go there.


southeastastra · 31/08/2007 23:05

yep it would sort them out pronto!

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Mungarra · 31/08/2007 23:22

Yes, YABU.

My mother was always threatening to put my brother in a 'home' i.e. into care. She'd go on about cold showers and stuff. This was when he was even younger than 10 years old.

It wasn't very nice.


Hurlyburly · 31/08/2007 23:28

How exactly are you saying this?

I make jokey threats like "If you carry on doing that I will roast you and eat you all up for lunch" because my DCs are quite old and are not (a) going to believe that I have the slightest intention of eating them and (b) are not going to have nightmares about having a cannibal for a mother.

But if you are threatening military school in all seriousness, then YABU. You shouldn't make serious threats that you have no intention of carrying out. You're undermining your own authority if you do that.


mamhaf · 01/09/2007 08:49

I have a friend who actually went to one of these schools...reckons he didn't learn to count further than four until he was an adult.
As in "hup, two three four..."


pipsqueeke · 01/09/2007 09:06

yes and no. when we were kids we could see a big fort/militry thingy on top of the hill - seen from all houses in the portsmouth /harbour area really. mum told me it was a childrens home and i'd go there if I was naughty - wasn't just her thou I understand a lot of parents said it.

althou it didn't harm me I do vividly remember looking out the window thinking I don't want to go I will be good. so had the desired effect.

(fwiw I know of 2 boys who were sent to a naval boarding militry school - their dad was navy am assuming it was milirty - was DB's mates - and they didn't particually come out sweetness and light we shall say)


RosaLuxembourg · 01/09/2007 23:28

I would like to threaten my children with a children's home. Unfortunately they watch Tracy Beaker and think it would be a definite improvement on their real home.


pointydog · 01/09/2007 23:30

it worked for Bart Simpson. There you go.


ghosty · 01/09/2007 23:31

I think the victorians had the right idea.
My DS is 7 and he would be perfect up a chimney. That would sort him out. Or down a mine or something.
It's about time he started paying his way around here I reckon ...

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