When I was growing up, if I did something bad, all my mom would have to say is "Wait until your dad comes home" and I would run to my room crying hoping I could somehow get off the hook. I learned real quick what was right and wrong.Andrew said:The kid needs to know that if he or she doesn't obey, then they will face whatever consequences apply.
Key element here - FEAR. I feared my father. I never got a spanking, cause overall I was a good kid. But the fear was there. And, as a result, I repected him and my mom.
Kids that I see now causing trouble don't seem to fear anyone or any consequences.