I would imagine that disciplining children and setting boundaries in a world where they can hop on the internet and social media from anywhere is a difficult feat for parents in 2014. Kevin Jones, father of 10 year old Janiya, learned just how difficult parenting in 2014 can be when he discovered that his daughter was lying about her age and passing herself off as a teenager. Her lies ultimately resulted in her engaging with much older boys on social media. So he used that same platform to discipline her. He took pictures of his daughter looking like the 10 year old she is and posted them on Facebook.
The post has since gone viral and has some giving him thumbs up for good unconventional parenting and others yelling child abuse saying that he has humiliated and publicly shamed the child. My question is how did we get this soft as parents? Back in the day parents were famous for spanking their children in public places. On numerous occasions I witnessed my schoolmates being disciplined in class after their parents were called by teachers as a result of their bad behavior.
For those that are yelling child abuse, I have a few questions for you. Are we now only allowed to discipline our children in private? How does that make them accountable for their actions? And what is so wrong with her dressing like the 10 year old she is? I’m not suggesting spanking in public but sometimes the sheer thought of your mom or dad “embarrassing” you in front of you friends AGAIN will keep you from repeating the unacceptable behavior AGAIN. In addition to punishing his daughter, Mr. Jones’ post also served as a public service announcement to let all of those teenage boys know that the girl they were interacting with is just 10 YEARS OLD. There are far more embarrassing things than what this father did. How about being a mother before become entering middle school or being raped by an older more aggressive boy. I could go on, but hopefully none of those things will happen to little Janiya because Kevin Jones decided that he would rather his daughter be embarrassed now than to end up a statistic later. I’m with it. Thoughts?