Quoting Legendary Amanda:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Fatty McRunnerPants:</b>" Remind them that Santa is watching ... [snip!] ... is proof of bad parenting and don't use him to rectify it. It's hilarious to me that you think you're such a perfect mother."
"God" was always watching me as a child, definitly didn't do a damn thing to deter me. The whole big brother is watching thing is completely ineffective unless it's reinforced (which it hardly ever is, let's just be honest here).
A child who would understand the reasoning of "Santa's not going to bring you X on Christmas" would also be around 5-7 years old and should NOT be throwing tantrums in the store unless they are developmentally delayed or something of that sort. A child with that level of reasoning skills throwing a tantrum in the store is a testiment to bad parenting. Kind of shows how manipulative these little creatures we call children can be.
For a child younger than that it's more along the lines of ineffective parenting, I suppose, because a child that young wouldn't understand the concept of delayed gratification. Most parents who use ineffective methods consistantly wind up with brats for children.
And where did I ever say I was a perfect parent? All I asserted was I don't waste my time with ineffective and irrelevent parenting stratagies. Don't see the point in threatening my child with something that is irrational and is, well, flat out lies.