Chef Jamie Oliver's Cruel Discipline for 12-Year-Old Lands Him in Hot Water

chef jamie oliver and familyDisciplining our kids is always a tough decision. From the style of parenting we choose to implement to how harsh of a punishment we ultimately pick, it seems like each parent walks a fine line when it comes to keeping kids in line. But one famous parent just took punishment to a new level. Chef Jamie Oliver is making headlines after revealing that he gave his 12-year-old daughter chili peppers as punishment because "it is not very popular beating kids anymore."

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The famous chef recently appeared on the BBC's Good Food Show and revealed that his wife was not that supportive when he chose to serve his daughter an extra fiery treat: apple slices rubbed with spicy Scotch Bonnet peppers.

And in case you needed a reference point, the Scotch Bonnet pepper is at least 14 times hotter than a jalapeño. Fourteen. Times. Hotter.

Just look at what he had to say:

I give them chillies for punishment. It is not very popular beating kids anymore, it’s not very fashionable and you are not allowed to do it and if you are a celebrity chef like me it does not look very good in the paper.

So you need a few options. Poppy was quite disrespectful and rude to me and she pushed her luck. In my day I would have got a bit of a telling-off but you are not allowed to do that.

Five minutes later she thought I had forgotten and I hadn’t. She asked for an apple. I cut it up into several pieces and rubbed it with Scotch Bonnet and it worked a treat.

And when his daughter discovered what he'd served her, "She ran up to mum and said, 'This is peppery'. I was in the corner laughing," he added. And Mom was none too happy and demanded that Jamie never do that again.

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Can you blame her for being so upset? It's a rather, ahem, cringe-worthy form of punishment! The poor girl thought she was having an apple but was surprised to find that insanely hot kick.

How cruel!

In the parenting community, the debate over spanking continues to rage on. No matter where you fall on the issue, parents have very strong opinions either way. But whether or not it's "not very popular" anymore, as Oliver says, it doesn't necessarily excuse using hot peppers as a substitute. Tricking kids is not OK -- at least not like this.

Do you think this is a proper way to discipline a child?


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