In the latest ridiculous instance of parents making their kids wear signs to prove a point, a South Carolina mom forced her 13-year-old son, Brandon, to wear a sign saying that he smoked pot.
Specifically, the sign said: “Smoked pot, got caught! Don’t I look cool? Not!” on one side and “Learn from me, don’t do drugs” on the other side.
Mom, April Mathison said her son didn’t think she was serious when she first told him what she would make him do as a result of his pot smoking:
“He was kind of embarrassed before we even got out here. He was like ‘You’re serious? You’re going to have me stand on the road with a sign?’ I was like ‘Yes sir, if this is what it takes.’ I don’t think he believed me at first. I really don’t.”
Brandon says it made an impact, “I got to change my life and stop.”
That’s quite a turn around. Of course, the kid will probably say anything at that point so he doesn’t have to walk the highway looking like a fool. And the experience has likely done nothing to educate him on the seriousness of doing drugs.
How does humiliating your child in front of others force him to be a better person? I don’t think humiliation is a good parenting tactic in any circumstance. This certainly hasn’t been the first time that public shaming has been employed as a parenting technique (check out this round-up of recent incidences) and it probably won’t be the last.
Would you ever resort to public shaming as a means of discipline?
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