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Father Takes Revenge on 3-Year-Old Daughter with Picture via Social Media
Granted, parenting can be challenging, and figuring out the best way to punish, or discourage certain behaviors is not an easy task since every child is completely different. Yet, the means that one father stooped to in order to shame his daughter into submission is beyond comprehension to me.
This dad decided to take revenge on his 3-year-old daughter after having a potty training accident. Taking a clear picture of his daughter with a sign around her neck that read, “I pooped in the shower and daddy had to clean it up. I hereby sign this as permission to use in my yearbook senior year,” the girl’s toddler signature is clearly visible on the sign. Wearing just her pajamas, the sign, and a huge smile, this little girl has no idea that her dad will submit her picture to a large social media website, Reddit.com, in a bizarre attempt to embarrass her.
Many commenters, disgusted by the father’s posting, not only questioned his disciplining tactics, but also his parenting in general by threatening to call child protective services. The father, who saw nothing wrong with this incident, laughed off their negativity.
This is just another case in recent public parenting punishment gimmicks. Tommy Jordan, a dad from North Carolina, uploaded a video on YouTube of his shooting his daughter’s laptop after she made rude comments on Facebook. Mom, Dynesha Lax, made her 14-year-old son where a sign professing that he was a liar and sold drugs. Both instances went viral in social media with support from other parents around the country.
But this latest incident seems much more distorted to me. Not only is it completely normal for a 3-year-old to have a potty training accident, it should be expected from parents. Putting such negative energy into the behavior will only lead to more problems in the future, like trust issues or possible health concerns from a preoccupation with toilet habits. This poor girl does not deserve to be embarrassed or shamed into submission; she needs a loving parent that will protect her from the world, not expose her to it.
What do you think? Is this just another example of parenting via social media or is this dad just ridiculous?