Last night, afraid we were turning into a family of zombies, I issued an ultimatum to Gary and Colter: Limit your time with electronics (TV, Game Cube, Game Boy, computer) to two hours a day total or, at the end of this month, I'll cancel cable, bring the Game Cube to work and password-protect the computer.
Why is it that threats seem like such a good idea at the time and such a bad idea upon reflection?
It's not that I would mind canceling cable etc., I wouldn't. It's just that I hate my lack of resourcefulness in the heat of the moment. And I hate what threats imply: I'm powerful, you're powerless. Do it my way, OR ELSE.
Is it ever appropriate to issue an ultimatum? When was the last time you said, "If you do that again..."? Did you follow through on the threat? Did you regret it?