Some people think that nearly any form of discipline that embarrasses the child or hurts their feelings is abusive. Others think that spanking is wrong under any circumstances. But when people are criticizing parental discipline, they often forget about the consequences of not teaching your child a lesson while they are young. For black children, discipline is even more important because they can easily go to prison for things that white kids do all the time.
Social media makes discipline a little stranger, since posting your discipline online can make it go viral. A father is being both applauded and criticized for the way he disciplined his daughter, who was lying about her age. Upon finding out that his 10-year old was lying to boys and pretending to be older than she was, he made her wear a t-shirt telling everyone her age so there would be no confusion about it.
The father, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky is being seen by some as a very good dad who is protecting his daughter from things that might hurt her. But he is also being also being criticized for embarrassing her. Here is some of what Kevin Jones said about his daughter on Facebook:
“Since my beautiful daughter Janiya wants to be grown & lie about her age. Saying she is 14,15,16,&18 years old. She claims to be in love and going out with a boyfriend which is completely against my rules!!!! I uncovered that she has been doing this for quite some time. She also has snuck and obtained social media accounts, also against my rules!!!! Heres the consequences behind her actions. An age defining shirt. Yes people she is 5’9 & 10years old. #BuddiesBarrettesBallBalls.”
Tell us what you think. Is he a good father or did he go overboard? Sometimes, talking to a child about what they did wrong may seem like a good idea, but doesn’t work. What other options would this father have had?