I have a friend who has two children. She is a very very very good friend. However, her parenting style completely baffles me and makes my head spin around like Linda Blair sometimes. I know that many of us have one of these friends. I'm not going to bore you with all the things that drive me crazy, but I want to share just this ONE particular thing. Here it is: When her children do some thing inappropriate she responds to them by saying in a very delicate and passive voice "No thank you." Now, I feel compelled to give you a couple examples so you understand exactly where i am coming from. ONe time, her four year old brought rocks into the house and was throwing them at the living room wall. My friend gently said to her "Cindy, no thank you for throwing rocks in the house." I was like WTF????? Are you kidding me? Or another example, in a less extreme situation, her one year old will toss her food on the floor and she will say "Kelli, no thank you. Are you finished eating?" Or if they start screaming, jumping on the furniture, having a temper tantrum...Yep, you guessed it, a very delicate "No thank you". Someone PLEASE tell me that i am not nuts and that this is most hideous form of disciplining in the world. Just to clarify one other thing, it is in my opinion that her children are very misbehaved children. Honest to God, people who know both of us make comments after they are gone about how it is sad that my two year old can behave ten times better than her five year old. OK, just had to vent that and am looking for thoughts on this. I mean, did she read this technique in some parenting book or something? I don't get it.