Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Think Tank Tuesday 2/3/15: Should Parents Publicly Shame Unruly Children?

picture source: http://www.washingtonpost.com
There's a crisis going on in this country. Ever since the government put its nose into how parents discipline their children there has been nothing but problem after problem with today's children. 

Whether you see them via television the internet or experience them first hand, today's kids are out of their damn minds out of control. Foul mouthed, undisciplined, disrespectful, unruly, etc. these hell raising kids are a huge problem that stretches across this country.  

When I was coming up, parents taught their kids right from wrong and established boundaries for them to prepare them for the real world. As a child, your job was to understand and follow the rules. 

You soon learned there is a consequence for every action and if you broke a rule you experienced that action's consequence and it typically came with some form of punishment ranging from being grounded to getting a good old fashioned spanking on your backside depending on the infraction.

Nowadays some people consider spankings a barbaric form of abuse and with some parents fearing getting arrested for spanking their kids what are parents to do with a misbehaving child? One barber is providing a solution:

[Three days a week, parents can take their misbehaving kids to A-1 Kutz and ask for the “Benjamin Button Special,” which Russell Fredrick and his team of barbers are offering — free of charge — to parents who want to try a novel form of discipline.

The cut involves shaving hair off the child’s crown until he begins to resemble a balding senior citizen, inviting that unique brand of adolescent humiliation that can only come from teasing classmates and unwanted attention. 

Supporters say it’s the perfect punishment for misbehaving kids who want to “act grown.”
Fredrick, the A-1 Kutz co-owner and a 34-year-old father of three, said he decided to advertise the cut after he used the unique disciplinary measure on his 12-year-old son, Rushawn, last fall — and saw immediate results. Rushawn’s grades, which had fallen, “dramatically skyrocketed” after he got his old-man haircut, Frederick said.

What are your thoughts? Are you in favor of publicly shaming a misbehaving child? Is this a good alternative to spankings? 

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