(snip) One neighbor boy would hold his breath until he passed out if Mommy tried to discipline him, so he got and did whatever he wanted. (snip)
See, although I have never witnessed this, I have heard that once the child does pass out, they will start breathing again, unconsciously. So, I would not be bothered by it at all!
I am also "mean" enough in my preschool classrooms that I tell fit-pitching preschoolers, "it is ok to pitch a fit, will not change MY mind. However, you have to pitch a fit standing up, in that one special corner, with no toys in your hand. Go for it!"
And when they see that I really am not bothered by it, and I stick to my rules, and welcome them back with open arms when they choose to participate as a fellow classmate, all is well. I have taught preschoolers for over 17 years, and while some kids may have been raised a brat in their few short years before I get them, they are NOT a brat in my classroom.
Sadly, it is mostly the parents I actually have to "train." (If you come late, your child is not allowed to eat breakfast at the table while we conduct group/calendar/interactive time. Feed them outside of the classroom. No, you may not have your child bring his favorite monster truck toy/noisemaker/movie figurine into the kindergarten prep program that is all academic and only two hours long. It is very tempting and distracting to your child and others. I will not be able to help your three year old with their actual toileting. Part of this prep program was that you signed off that your child is completely toilet trained. I will check and help wash and dry hands, but that is all I am allowed to do. Your child is allowed one library book at a time, and it must be returned before checking out another one. This is training for bringing items back and forth in a backpack at 'real' school in the fall and we even provide a special bag for you! I really do not care that you "pay so much money for this program and it is just one silly little book" and that you will "will just donate 10 books at the end of summer. Geesh!" You are missing the point of teaching your child responsibility.)
Yes, I am teaching a twice a week prep program this summer, only two hours a day for great pay and I am having FUN!!
I even get hugs from the kids, imagine that! Yet the parents sometimes try to brush me off...
(oh, my bosses totally have my back. They have even asked me for advice, since they mostly deal with school aged kids. Although they have to recruit and make the parents somewhat happy, they do know where to draw the line. This job is at a tutoring center.)