Monday, August 13, 2012


Scarenting : noun : [skair-uhn-ting]

Definition: A parenting tactic that involves scaring one's children into doing a chore or otherwise following instructions.

     This word was a result of my 17- and 13-year-old brothers fighting in the kitchen about how neither of them wanted to clean said kitchen.  Rather it was the older of the two complaining that the younger wasn't helping him clean the world's easiest kitchen to clean.  As the verbal confrontation escalated my dear mother got involved and effectively instituted this tactic of scarenting to settle the issue by quite literally putting the two of them on timeout.  It was an amusement to watch and made for the creation of a great new word.

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