I think the posts above sum up my attitude perfectly (hence my first post that needled the OP about maybe not driving with an expired registration). Whatever happened to just taking your medicine when you do something wrong?
I think the absolute best thing my parents did in raising my brother and me was being consistent in discipline. What I mean be that is not that they were horrifying child-beaters - that doesn't work - but if they made a rule, they enforced it, or if get told us "do it one more time and X happens" and we did it one more time, X actually happened. As such, we learned that actions had consequences, and whether we liked the rules or not, we learned to abide by them
I think too many adults were not properly disciplined as children (again, since someone will misinterpret: the presence/absence of physical violence does NOT indicate proper discipline) and have grown up with the attitude that a) the rules don't REALLY apply to them and b) if they throw enough of a tantrum they'll get what they want.
Probably a separate thread, I apologize for the diversion.