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I’m queen of empty threats with my kids. “Eat your dinner or I’ll never feed you again.” “Get ready or I’ll leave you here by yourself.” “Stop or we’ll leave the store.” Experts say empty threats aren’t good for your child…blah, blah, blah. I have three kids. I’ve pretty much stopped listening to what the experts say. I’m pretty sure most of them do not have children of their own. However, I will let you in on a little secret: empty threats work IF you make good on them every once in a while. READ MORE

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