Originally Posted by shanniesue2
Even with a solid relationship, this is something I would NEVER EVER EVER say to a child. There is too much opportunity for there to be a misunderstanding about what was said, and the next thing you know, Auntie is ending up with a restraining order or charges filed against her or something.
Now I have told children that what they are doing is driving me crazy. But there isn't any way that that statement could be misconstrued or misheard as a threat against the child's life.
Ehn. I can see your point (sort of, although I don't relate-by-fear-of-bizarre-court-orders) but my point really was if you're feeling that way - express it. It doesn't have to be in those words, but it's not a terrible thing for kids to know.
Obviously you have to know your family, the children involved, etc. But in ours getting that melodramatic would help get the point across in a way that would add humour and playfulness. Being all silently upset about it without addressing it would be much more damaging.
A lot depends on tone, I think. You could always turn it around and say "if I have to tell you one more time to stop touching the baby I think I will run screaming around the house one million times."
We're also big Robert Munsch fans so what can I say.