"We learn that the only person who could ever keep the children of the Victorian age in line was the presence of a displeased or angry father on the scene. Invariably, the only threat that mothers between 1850 and 1950 would ever need to issue to their 'out of hand' offspring was, 'Just you wait until your dad gets home. He'll sort you out.' These few words were usually enough to bring the youngsters back into line and make them carry bricks around in their pants all day long as they anxiously awaited their father's homecoming and displeasure. Isn't it strange that angry actions, words and looks can frighten any child, but whatever stupid face their father or mother pulls at them in any manner of circumstance, they instantly see the funny side.
It is good to occasionally stick out one's tongue at life! When I used to run Assertive Training courses, my very first request of group members was to look at their neighbour and stick out their tongue. The ones who couldn't were asked, 'How do you possibly expect me to help you change your behaviour if you cannot stick out your tongue at life?' They invariably got the message that being able to laugh at life and life's circumstances is as important at being able to cry at life during moments of sadness and loss. It is also a prelude to being able to laugh at self, besides not taking life too damn seriously all the time!" William Forde: August 10th, 2013.