Most parents have threatened their kids with the naughty list during the Christmas period.
Any mention of Santa Claus and children’s behaviour can see a dramatic improvement.
But when warnings didn’t work for one mum, she decided to teach her little ones a lesson.
The parent penned a savage letter from Father Christmas himself – and even filled her kids’ stockings with coal.
She wrote: “Santa is very disappointed because you have not been good boys this year and you have made it onto my naughty list.
“So instead of treats and toys in your stocking, I have put coal.”
The mum added: “If you want to be on the good list next year, you need to:
“Listen to your mother and do what she tells you.
“Stop screaming and yelling, be kind to each other, stop telling lies to your mother.
“This is your last chance. Make sure you listen.
Even though Father Christmas dished out coal to the “naughty” children, he did get them presents.
The note concludes: “I have brought you presents this year but you must promise to be good.
“If you are on the naughty list next year you will get nothing. Your presents are out the back.”
After teaching her kids a lesson, the mum shared a picture of the letter on Facebook’s Christmas Mums group.
She said: "I had plenty of good stuff for my boys stockings but they just haven't been listening or doing the right thing.
"Does anyone ever not actually give presents? The whole 'Santa wont come' thing… pretty sure kids know we are full of cr*p.”
Her post received a mixed response on Facebook.
One commenter said: "You do what you believe is right for your family. Will they forever remember this Christmas? Yes. Will it teach them a lesson? Also yes.
"Parents don’t follow through enough with the whole Santa and coal thing.
“Why tell them something with happen if they are naughty and then not follow through, that teaches them nothing."
And another said: “Bad behaviour doesn’t get rewarded. You did a good thing teaching lessons.
“If anyone reads the letter you can see the kids didn’t miss out on anything.”
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Despite this, some disagreed and said the punishment was “mean”.
A responder argued: “I personally think it’s mean.”
Another agreed: “This is why the magic of Christmas is slowly dying – don’t use Santa as your choice of punishment.
“It’s not fair. He comes once a year – I couldn’t imagine my kids reading something like that and seeing their faces.”
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