29 People Recall the Creative Ways Their Parents Punished Them


In my ex-wife’s family, if something got stolen or broken and no one would confess, she’d pile all seven kids in the car and tell them she was going to go drive over a bridge, and the guilty party would fly out of the car and off the bridge. Hysteria would ensue. She never made it to a bridge, somebody would confess.


Probably when I was about ten, my mom saw me scare a flock of birds in our lawn. She made me watch Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds as punishment.


Back when I was 11years old, my brothers and I switched classes.. due to the fact that we are identical triplets. We have done this a couple of times without being caught, until one day, one of our “friends” told on us. When the principal called our father (strict Asian parent), he had mentioned a suitable punishment. Our punishment was to get a haircut (of his choice) to look less identical, in a way… and to top it off, he shaved the letters “A”, “B”, and “C” on the back of our heads. This was his way to make sure the instructors would be able to tell us apart.


When my brother and I were younger we used to put our parents through hell, arguing and fighting literally every day. My dad (an absolute don, might I add) had an ingenious way of combatting this. If we started up when we were in public with him, he would grab us both by the hand and proceed to skip down the street singing operatically at the top of his lungs. As you can imagine, that always shamed us into silence fairly quickly..


When one of us misbehaved at dinner, my mother would force that child to eat the rest of his or her meal in the laundry room, in the dark, on top of a running washing machine.

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, a lifestyle blog about people in the service industry.