posted on Feb, 10 2012 @ 05:20 PM
I had to watch the video several times, just to make sure I understood the situation.
As a child born in the 70's, and who grew up in the 80's, it is greatly disturbing to me, how this shift in decency has taken a nosedive in such a
I cannot even FATHOM publicly speaking that way about my parents, or any member of my family. When I was 15, I definitely understood my place. I would
be mortified to think that I would have posted something of this nature against my own parents. And if I had temporarily lost my mind and did
something like this, I would have expected a full punishment to follow.
At that age, I can clearly remember coming home from school with my older brother, and cleaning the house, helping with dinner, taking care of the
pets, even mowing the lawn and raking leaves and such. I would still have plenty of time for homework and friends. I always wanted to help and my
entire life I can't just sit on my bum while others work circles around me. My mother instilled a sense of responsibility in her children and we
always understood that we were not little suns for the planets to orbit.
So many children of this age today are confusing luxuries with necessities. We did not have any of the trappings of today so obviously we had all the
time in the world to learn and understand how to function realistically in this world.
I fully support this father's decisions. I might not have gone to that extreme, but he appeared to be pretty patient and obviously whatever
punishment she had before (grounding) was not doing it for her. Children look to you for guidance. They don't want you to be their friends, they want
you to be their teachers and guides. They yearn for discipline and when they don't get it, they start testing their boundaries. A loving parent will
stop them when they go too far. A parent that is trying to act like a friend will think they are doing well by letting the child do as they please.
What makes me laugh, is all these people that complain this guy is crazy and that he is traumatizing his kid are probably the same ones that watch
kids run amok in stores with no supervision and ask "Where are the parents??"
My daughter, who is 17, is nothing like the girl in the video. She has always had responsibilities, love, and LIMITS. She never went through the "I
hate my parents" stage because she is very mature and has an innate sense of right and wrong. I am so proud of her because people tell me all the
time what a delight she is to be around. She never complains about chores and just digs right in. She never would even dream of asking to be
reimbursed for what she does. It is her behaviour that makes me reward her in little ways when I can. (I don't have a lot of money but I try to give
her an allowance when possible.) In turn, then I have to stop her from using her allowance up to buy her little brother treats.
My 5 year old son just got his report card. I was so proud because his teacher made a note that he is very respectful in her class and always listens.
It means so much to me that my children actually contribute to society. Even at his age, he has a small chore chart. Cleaning his toys, schoolwork,
feeding the cats, helping me with dishes and dusting. I give him what I know he can handle without frustration and he is so excited to just be
I suppose our family is pretty old-fashioned. We never had a TV growing up and don't have one now. I don't have an iPhone and got my first laptop at
age 33. I guess people would say I am technically challenged, but I just prefer real interaction, not hiding behind an online identity. What I write
is what I truly feel and I don't say something unless I mean it.