As kids get older and timeouts don't work so well anymore (if they ever did), what's a parent to do to make them obey the rules? Sure you can ground them, or take away privileges, and, yes, there's always reasoning with them (ha!), but sometimes you need to make a little stronger statement. That's just what one dad was seeking to do when his method of discipline attracted a whole lot of attention -- not all of it supportive.
It started after someone posted his Craigslist ad on Reddit titled "Parenting: They're doing it right". In the ad the father was looking for a nonworking PS3 video game. He said his sons were "in need of a lesson" and he wanted to smash what they think is their beloved PS3 to teach them one.
I know most of you will respond by saying these boys are in need of a good spanking, but that's just not the way we handle these situations. I want to smash their "PS3" in front of them, then ground them for a month.
While there were plenty of cries of hell yeah, there were also (of course) plenty of sanctimonious suggestions that this was just lazy parenting and that he should just take the game away and make the boys earn it back. Or that the dad was acting childish and setting a bad example for the kids, and he should do X, Y, or Z instead.
But I say go dad! No, it may not be textbook parenting, but it may be just what these boys need. It's not as extreme as the dad who shot his daughter's laptop with a gun but it's along the same lines, and it shows that same strong devotion to making sure that one's children are raised with some respect and manners no matter what. Kids need to know we mean business, and sometimes that means we have to push the limits. I'd certainly rather see parents act like this than those who let their children run wild and offer no discipline whatsoever or those who resort to physical violence.
There's no report as to if this dad, who is unidentified, ever got the PS3 through Craigslist or not. I personally hope he did and that he videotaped the whole thing too, because I'd love to see it one of these days.
Do think this dad's tactic is too extreme?
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