Day One: When your child is unusually naughty, read Maurice Sendak's Pierre: A Cautionary Tale, part of the Nutshell Library. Pierre is about a naughty little boy who keeps saying "I don't care" and is subsequently eaten by a hungry lion. The story ends well with the boy released and the lion staying on with the family as a weekend guest, but the little boy does spend part of the plot in the lion's tummy. Tell your boy that he will be eaten by a lion if he doesn't listen to mommy and daddy. Watch his eyes grow wide. Chortle with satisfaction. Learn to live with his subsequent fear of "wions."
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