Disciplining your kids – who’s right? What’s best?

Posted by Dani Gurrie in Blog on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

So I saw this photo on Facebook today and couldn’t help but read the comments.

Most comments were in support of the Dad taking a stand to show his daughter that her actions were unacceptable. Some comments, however, just reinforce that you can’t discipline under public scrutiny. Someone will ALWAYS have something negative to say.

One commenter said that the father was endangering the child because they could get hit by a car! Another thinks that Child Protective Services needs to get involved. (My thinking on that one – I’d be more concerned for what some parents are doing behind closed doors than this. And if CPS did get the call – if they followed through with this parent – they should be disciplined.) Another said, “He won’t take disrespect, but hell dole it out.” Are you kidding me? How is standing outside holding a sign disrespectful to the child? What about the lying – the act that prompted this punishment? Some have offered that it’s the Dad’s fault for not disciplining the child before age 5 and that this is humiliation…

Parenting is tough – no one has all the “answers” – we all do what we think is best at the time. Looking back on my childhood, I can’t think of anything my parents wanted more for me than to have better than they had – and even when I was punished – the thing I remembered most was that they cared and they loved me. I hope my kids look back with the same.

We don’t know the back-story to this one, but obviously the Dad was fed up and had enough and I for one think that doing ANYTHING is much better than doing nothing. What do you think?

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Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.

2 Responses to “Disciplining your kids – who’s right? What’s best?”

  1. Oh my gosh – I just read this comment:

    “Oh yeah, that’s great parenting. (sarcasm) What the hell’s the matter with you people? This dad should be sterilized, then jailed. When the kid wet his bed did he have to stand on the street with his yellowed sheets and a sign saying, “I’m a bed wetter”? When he doesn’t win a sporting event, does he hold a sign saying, “I’m a loser”? This is sickening. This is why there should be some sort of license to parent. Of course, if there were, there would be a total of 11 kids living in the United States. I hope in a few years the kid is holding a sign saying, “I Staved My Dad’s Head in with a Claw Hammer.” Shame on that awful man, shame on you for endorsing child abuse, and shame on all people who “liked” this. For Christ’s sake.”

    —-Child Abuse? Seriously?? JAILED AND STERILIZED?? Oh my goodness. Comparing bed wetting (involuntary), losing a sporting event (uncontrollable) with Lying??? Saying that the kid should later kill their father in retribution for parenting – I am dumb-founded.

  2. I think that this girl will probably not lie to her father anymore. it is no different than finding your child has put a pack of gum in his or her pocket at the store and making then go back in to return it. Of course they are embarrassed, that is why they will most likely not do it again. i don’t see anything wrong with this at all except the daughter lied. I guess some people forget the root of the picture.

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