Some years back, I worked with somebody who then had a son (I want to think he was around 5 at the time of this) and he recounted this tale of when they were shopping somewhere, and in a lift fully of people. Think the kid was acting up a bit, and his dad must have told him off, and the kid said something like "Dad, you won't start beating me again, will you?" I think this was his first encounter of his son saying something mischievous and for the ears of others!
our eldest daughter used to be a perfect little angel in shops, till one day in M&S she decided to be a little git! so I asked her like you do, do you want a smack?
no thank you not today
how about a poke in the eye?
err no thank you
well what about when we get back home I lock you down the cellar?
her rather loudly now, NO DADDY DONT LOCK ME DOWN THE CELLAR AGAIN! NOT WITH ALL THE SPIDERS AND DONT TURN THE LIGHT OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE DOWN THERE!
at that point the two old dears in the queue behind us asked the girl at the till they were at to get the manager ....
needless to say we exited the shop rather sharpish!
the cellar punishment or being shut in the cupboard under the stairs lost its sting a bit since harry potter