I Hate the Saying "I'll Give You Something to Cry About"

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    The Majority Or The Minority?

    A quick show of hands, everyone...how many of us were told, "I'll give you something to cry about" or some such variance? (Count.) Uh-huh...uh huh...Good...Sir, you in the back row...would you put up only ONE hand,please? (Laughter.) Okay...that's what I thought... I always...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine
    61-65, F
    4 Responses Aug 21, 2013

    This saying sends a shiver down my spine every

    time I here it. STOP SAYING IT -PLEASE
    Kandi774 Kandi774
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Mar 4, 2015

    Whoa Whoa Whoa

    hahaha. oh hey childhood! all i really wanted to say was "dad, shut the fck up."   now it's almost hil-arious, unless i hear parents using it on their children. it gives the shivers, and i always think, "you're children are going to hate you someday, and...
    gypsysoul gypsysoul
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 18, 2008
    HikariOkaga HikariOkaga
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 28, 2014

    Dad heard mom tell me this over the weekend.

    Mom caught me in her purse again, and I wound up across dads lap, and I got something to cry about. A good spanking.
    13kathi 13kathi
    13-15, F
    5 Responses Aug 31, 2015

    Better Parenting Through Threats!

    i don't like parents who attempt to control their children through threats. not being able to remember most of my childhood, i can't recall if my parents ever behaved that way, but i'm pretty sure my grandmother did. and i know i've heard other parents do it. a classic example...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Feb 19, 2008

    What Does It Mean?

    Obviously, you're not sad and hurt enough, allow me to make sure you understand the true meaning of pain? WT...? MY dad used to say this to us all the time, it's such a horrid thing to say to a child. It's a threat, why do people threaten their children? Aren't parents supposed...
    DelightfulBabe08 DelightfulBabe08
    26-30
    7 Responses Dec 27, 2008

    makes me feel 5 again especially

    when mom says it will we are in a store urghhh
    piper2000 piper2000
    18-21, F
    Jan 27, 2015
    ClaraRose15 ClaraRose15
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 14

    Maybe I Dont Hate It

    I cant help but laugh when i read it   "  I'll give you something to cry about"  but i also cant help but think back to my days a little boy crying because i didnt get someting my way, and my mother saying it to me.  Honestly i deserved getting...
    fred7 fred7
    22-25, M
    1 Response Feb 17, 2008

    Parents Used Tht 1 All the Time

    scrappin wid me bro n hed hurt me or summit so id cry n mum wud go ur older u shud no better but ya know little kiddies id keep cryin n she used to go "ill give u summit to cry about in a minute" god how annoying i already had someone to cry about i dont cry for no...
    sammy120 sammy120
    22-25, F
    May 19, 2008

    From the "parents handbook of the 1930's' Along

    with other classics like. "If you fall off that wall and break your legs. Don't come running to me!" "Keep picking your nose and you'll find the lining of your head!" Etc etc.
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Oct 17, 2014

    I sure do. It just is not right.

    The link here shows I had a reason to cry as a child living with a stern stepfather. EP Link
    Profweird Profweird
    22-25, M
    Oct 17, 2014

    Anyone between 13-18

    that still get spanked? I do and i am 17. Message me if you want to talk
    ChrisM98 ChrisM98
    16-17, M
    Apr 7
    tonyaoneal18 tonyaoneal18
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2015

    That Really Aggravates Me...

    when I hear someone say that to their kid. Yeah, let's just threaten our children and make them more upset than they were previously! That will do the trick! I don't understand why anybody would want to say that to their child. I really don't...
    deletedd deletedd
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 18, 2009

    If They Didn'T Have Something To Cry About...

    Then most likely they wouldn't be crying! I have heard this said by parents to their children, usually right after yelling at them. I can't stand this awful saying, and I don't understand why anyone would think it's okay to say it to a child. I have even heard it said to two-year...
    Spankmesweetly Spankmesweetly
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jun 2, 2013
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