First: A toddler running around in the snow in his underpants to “toughen him up,” says his self-proclaimed “Eagle Dad.”
Next: A dad in a cowboy hat shooting his teen daughter’s laptop with his .45 for mouthing off about chores on Facebook (skip ahead to about 6 minutes) in a video entitled “Facebook Parenting”:
Quite a few commenters thought the latter was smart parenting for teaching his teen respect.
Respect? Certainly not for electronics.
The former is generally considered disturbing. Yet they both made my stomach churn.
Substitute each child involved with a spouse or any other grown-up, and both men would likely get a visit from the police and end up dressed-down by a Judge Judy.
So why is it okay for adults to bully kids?
It’s not. Plain and simple.
Discipline should be education, not punishment (or Dad’s chance to let off some steam on YouTube, either). Here is what these parents have taught their children:
1. If you hold the power, you can use it to publicly humiliate someone else.
2. Other people in power will commend you for it.
3. You will not be held accountable.
4. A .45 pistol is the most effective way to put a laptop out of its misery.
5. Yellow underpants show up best on white snow.
6. YouTube is a great place to teach bullying skills.
What say you, grown-up people with the power?