Don't Make Mortifying Threats
Never threaten to punish your child with things that you know will embarrass her—it may be a joke to you, but it's life or death to your little one. For example, if your child can't get rid of you quickly enough, don't say, "If you keep that up, I'm going to walk you into the classroom myself with my arms around your shoulders singing the latest Lady Gaga song." Absurd? Of course, but your kid doesn't know that!