Apparently the "Stand in a High Traffic Zone Wearing a Sign That Says What You Did Wrong" punishment is turning into a parenting trend. This week, it was 13-year-old Natia Wade's turn to be mortified in public: The Memphis teen was forced by her mother and aunt to stand in the middle of a busy intersection bearing a sign that read "I steal from my family."
(Good to know, I guess, but if the only people she steals from are her family members I'm not sure why the rest of us are supposed to be alarmed.)
Anyway, some parents think this disciplinary tactic is the best thing since sliced bread; others see it as a humiliating way to screw up your kid for life. As for me, I don't think I could ever do this to one of my kids. But I still think we're going to be seeing a lot more miserable-looking adolescents standing on street corners wearing Signs of Shame.
And I hope parents start getting creative with these things at some point. I mean, really. "I steal." "I lie." (I SNORE.) Especially since the concept can be so easily modified to suit each teen's personal pattern of misbehavior.
Just imagine the possibilities ...
Here are a few signs I fully expect to see hanging around a sulky juvenile deliquent's neck ...
"I stole a can of black spray paint and wrote 'Take the shoes off ya teeth N' stop runnin' yo mouth' on the door of the principal's office"
"I stole a tomato plant from my neighbor lady's yard cause I thought it was a pot plant"
"I bet my buddy I could finish a 6-pack of Bud before he could and I did and then I walked through the Taco Bell Drive-Thru and screamed 'RUN FOR THE BORDER, BITCHES!'"
"Me and my friend got some M-80s and blew up a dumpster outside Dunkin' Donuts cause dude, flying donuts are funny"
If there was a sign of shame hanging around your teen's neck, what would it say?
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