29 People Recall the Creative Ways Their Parents Punished Them

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Kids are the f*cking worst, or at least they can be. Imagine being a parent and having to come up with different way to punish your children because they're just being complete a**holes and aren't listening to you. You've got to get creative, especially if you want them to listen to you.

My mom would make up ridiculous stories to scare me into doing whatever she wanted me to do or stop doing. When I got mosquito bites and wouldn't stop scratching, she'd tell me that if I kept scratching, then the egg that the mosquito implanted in me would hatch. That scared the sh*t out of me and I immediately stopped scratching.

Pops, on the other hand, was always the one that gave you options when he was upset. You want either the belt or the hanger to get you a** beating? There was never an in between and third-world parents aren't a joke when they're serious about their punishment. All those a** whoopings just taught me to be sneakier, so thanks for that, dad.

These 29 people recall the most creative punishments that parents have given them:


My sister used to hate spaghetti so she would only eat enough to please my parents and she would hold up her bowl to show my parents and seek their approval. One time, my mom was in the middle of telling a story and was ignoring my sister's question. She kept holding the bowl higher and higher and it fell on her head. My dad brought her up to the bathroom to wash her off. She must have been too confident that she wasn't exactly being punished and she began sticking her tongue out at my dad. My dad told her to stop and when she didn't he waited for her to do it again and rubbed the soap on her tongue… she didn't know what to do because she didn't want to put her tongue back in her mouth.


I was always terrible at doing chores, especially the dishes. One day my mom went out and bought 1 of everything, all in blue (1 blue plate, one blue fork… and so on) and told me that was all I was allowed to use and no one else would wash them. There were nights I would be sitting at the table eating spaghetti out of a mug with just a knife. To this day, I'm not sure who really won that one.


A friend was terrible at picking his clothes up off the floor, so one day his dad decided to staple everything on the floor to the carpet


My mom told me that the garbage truck would come to collect me. I was hiding whenever I saw that truck. And, of course, I would warn all my friends.. I would love to see that driver's face when he saw a bunch of kids screaming and running away everytime he drove down the street.

Written by Irvi Torremoro

Irvi Torremoro is an Austinite by way of Las Vegas. She's worked in various outlets in food & beverage and is now focused on writing, eating all the things, talking about Beyonce, and petting all the puppies. She runs flavorandbounty.com, a lifestyle blog about people in the service industry.