Is This a Parenting Win or Fail?

March 6, 2018

Welcome to this week's edition of, "I'm right, you're wrong." 

I don't have kids, so let's just get that out of the way right now, because people LOVE to point that out whenever a discussion on parenting comes up. I do, however, have lots of close friends with kids, and - spoiler alert - I WAS A KID ONCE. And my Mother didn't let me get away with ISH. My Mom was extremely strict when I was growing up. Some might argue that leads to kids lashing out... I don't know. I got into a fair amount of trouble... nothing crazy or illegal, but my Mother still put the fear of God into me whenever I *did* act up.

Kids get away with a lot these days. There seems to be this progressive, "I'm your friend, not your parent" kind of movement happening. I'm not sure if it's helping or hurting, but I do know there are a lot of parents reluctant to punish their kids for acting up. This is likely for many reasons. Sometimes, they want to believe their kids will figure it out on their own, sometimes they have trouble backing up the punishment because of lack of support from a spouse, and sometimes they are afraid of being punished for punishing their kids.

That said, no one here is advocating for beating the crap out of your kid with a switch. But, there are some situations that demand action, and this Dad felt his son's situation was one of them. 

Bryan Thornhill is from Virginia. He recently posted the video below, which has gained a lot of traction over the last couple of days. His 10-year-old son was accused of bullying another kid on the bus repeatedly, and was subsequently kicked off the bus for three days. So, instead of driving his son to school, Bryan opted to teach his son a lesson that there are repercussions to his actions. Bryan told his son he would have to run to school, which is a distance of about a mile. Dad follows the son in his truck to keep an eye on him, and it doesn't look like the kid is ready to drop dead from this forced punishment, so I think we are gonna be ok here, folks. 

What do you think? Does this go too far? Or is this exactly the kind of example parents should be setting?