A friend of mine has taken to threatening my children the same way that she threatens her own 2 yo. Things like "if you don't stop crying, I'll have to stop the car and leave you on the side of the road" or "You better listen or the big bad monster will come eat you up" this is all done in a light sing-song voice, so it's like she thinks it's cute..but I don't find it amusing at all. And while I would prefer that my children not even hear her saying this to her child, I definitely don't want it said to my children. I've told her "we don't use threats like that, because my kids take it literally and it upsets them". I thought that would stop it, but it's such a habit for her, I don't think she even thinks about it. I also get irritated because she'll use more realistic threats too "If you can't be nice, we'll have to go home" but she NEVER follows through. She'll tell her daughter a trillion times that if she does something again, she'll take her home/take the toy away, etc. but never does it. I guess this is more of a vent, because I don't see what advice I'm looking for, maybe just an understanding ear?
I plan on saying something about the irrational threats every time she makes them, hoping that eventually she'll get the point.