As our children grow up, we continue to say this to them. But instead of the warning of spanking, it's a warning of disappointment, regret and emotional hurt . We want them to "hear" us when we encourage them to study, or to say no to drugs and alcohol, or to avoid getting involved with the wrong partner. So that they don't "feel" the disappointment of not getting into the college of their choice, or regret that DUI, or the emotional hurt of being in a bad marriage or relationship.
All parents do this. We say it everyday. We just want our kids to listen. We want them to avoid pain, disappointment and regret. Sometimes, our kids listen, sometimes they don't. As parents, all we can do is pray that they will make the right choices and be there for them when they don't.