This mother is not afraid of laying down the law...in the name of a birthday surprise.

In this video from 2014, a mother comes down hard on her son, making him believe that she thinks he ordered something off the internet or TV without permission. You can see the poor kid is terrified and that maybe, just maybe, he's gotten himself into hot water with dear old mom once or twice before.

The joke is on him, though. It turns out the package she's holding is actually her birthday present for him -- an iPod touch.

Once he realizes he's been had, he's all smiles, as his mom, who really ought to consider making another video the next time Jimmy Kimmel asks his viewers to play a cruel joke on their kids.