Cracked just did an article on terrible parenting techniques. They include throwing a child in a lake to teach them how to swim, making them smoke an entire pack of cigarettes to teach them to stop smoking, making them finish dinner because the kid didn't like it, and "don't cry or I'll give you a reason to cry." My initial reaction was to laugh at this article and say how ridiculous it was, but then I started thinking back on my own childhood. It wasn't so much thing my parents did to me that taught me lessons, but what my dumbass did to myself: - Stove light says it's hot? Fuck it, I gotta touch that sumbitch just to make sure because I don't trust it (I still have the scars from that one). - Gimme that 12 gauge, I can totally handle the recoil!! (At 12 years old; my step-father had to support it beneath the barrel, which should have been my first clue). - Hurt my back while running? I'm sure it's not that bad, I'll just run the 1.5 miles back to campus to get it looked at because I'm young and stupid! (My back was broken; ten years later I'm still paying the price when the weather changes) Focus: When did you/your parents take a bad thing to the logical extreme? Did you learn your lesson? Alt. Focus: Shitty parenting techniques.