Public Humiliation as a Discipline Tactic?

I have seen the stories circulating for quite a while. Parents are at their wits end when it comes to disciplining their child so they take drastic measures.

Yesterday I saw yet another story the other day about a child who was punished and made to carry a sign that said:

I Lie,

I Steal,

I Don’t Obey

This kid had to walk around carrying this sign. And the reactions were mixed.

Some parents called the police saying that this has to be illegal (police have confirmed it is not). Other parents told this kid that his parents must really love him.

I am honestly not sure what I think of this tactic because I have been fortunate enough (so far) that the tactics below have been successful for me. I am not sure what I would do if I were in the same situation. suggests several ways that can be effective for Disciplining Your Child:

1. Natural Consquences

Whatever happens will happen. If your child breaks  toy, the toy is then not able to be played with any longer.

2. Logical Consequences

I go through this one a lot with my children. When they leave toys laying around, I pick them up. For a week. Then they are returned. This is usually very effective.

3. Withholding Privileges

I also ending up using this tactic a lot with my son. He loses computer privileges when he talks back. He always gets a warning but sometimes I do have to take his computer away.

4. Time-Out

This used to be very effective when my children were between the ages of 4-6 but as my kids got a little older, I had to find more effective ways. I do still use this very often with my four year old.

Would you try the humiliation tactic?

What are the most effective ways you have found to discipline your children?


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