Go Stand In The Corner #socs #jusjojan

A few years ago, I wrote a post in which I told several people or entities to "go stand in the corner." I actually considered making it a regular feature on the blog, but somehow gave that idea up. I might still do it. You have been warned.

When Dennis the Menace’s parents (usually his mother) are fed up with him, they give him the old-fashioned form of a timeout: they seat him in a small rocking chair in the corner, facing the wall, holding a teddy bear. That’s pretty mild for a kid they call a menace, but then, he’s not so much a menace as a pain in the ass.

Can’t think of anything else. You get off easy today.


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18 thoughts on “Go Stand In The Corner #socs #jusjojan

  1. I don’t remember ever having to stand in a corner for punishment, but maybe it’s a matter of selective memory. I think I liked the idea of the concept in some weird way. I might have administered some such discipline on my own children, but I was never very harsh and they were usually good kids.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. When Dad would discipline the three of us, he’d put one of us in the easy chair, one on the couch, and one on the desk chair, and tell us not to move. When he’d leave the room, we’d all switch chairs. He never noticed.

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  2. I was sent to the corner once because I wanted to know what it took to get there. Funny, I don’t recall what I did but it was boring. They need to bring this back and screw all the negative reinforcement because sometimes discipline is what is needed. Nothing says fresh air than smelling a cigarette…yuck.

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    1. I’d stop at corporal punishment, at least for kids. Singapore still canes people for minor crimes, like spitting on the sidewalk or chewing gum. But if a kid knows he’s going to have to copy words out of the dictionary until his hand falls off…

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  3. I remember Dennis sitting in the corner. At least he stayed there and at least he got to sit with his teddy bear. Your idea for a “Go stand in the corner” post sounds like fun.

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  4. I thought for sure everyone would write about “No one puts Baby in a corner,” from Dirty Dancing. I have yet to jump on the #JusJoJan train. Hopefully today!

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  5. Your father and I went to Loyola Academy in Chicago in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. There was a teacher by the name of Father MacGuire. He used a version of the “Dennis The Menace” punishment. Every classroom had a trash container in the corner of the room. It was made of strong cardboard and was probably a shipping container in its previous life. Probably 24″ diameter and 48″ high. If you were deemed worthy of a punishment you had to go to the corner, turn the container upside down, and put it over your head, and stand in the corner until Father said “enough.” He was quite a character. Happy New Year to you and Mary.

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    1. Happy New Year, Jack, to you and yours! Mary saw where one of your granddaughters just got engaged.

      That was a good sized shipping box. There must have been a couple of guys who fit entirely in it…

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      1. I’m only guessing about the dimensions. It fit over the head and rested on the shoulders. It had to be held with both hands to keep it upright. Yes, Jack’s daughter, Anna, just got engaged.

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  6. I just read your Go Stand in the Corner post from 2017 and loved it. I can think of a long list of people I’d like to give a time out to. Maybe that should be a monthly blog hop!

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