When it comes to punishing kids, parents throughout the centuries have come up with innovative ideas. Some prefer more traditional methods such as spanking and timeouts while other parents would rather try and reason with their child or find some other punishment that’s appropriate.
Regardless of the way we choose to discipline our children, technology has presented a new challenge in dealing with a child’s inappropriate behavior. It also has given us new options.
Mom uses Facebook to post ad
One example is a mom from Louisiana who punished her son for being suspended from school for three days for talking back. Demetris Payne at first let 13-year-old Jadarien lounge around with his grandfather, eating strawberries.
She thought about grounding him, taking away his smartphone or his allowance. But in the end, she turned to Facebook for a little help in disciplining her son. Payne figured it didn’t make sense to let Jadarien enjoy his time off from school.
Payne posted a Facebook ad volunteering her son for outdoor chores. This is the ad she told CBS News she posted.
“My son has been suspended for three days from school for discipline. He will do your lawn service, he will rake your yard, mow if you supply the mower, pick up trash, or wash your car for free. Maximum three hours,” Payne said. “If anyone has a rake they would like to donate will be awesome.”
As you can imagine, the ad generated a flooding of responses. In no time, Jadarien was booked up sprucing up gardens, mowing and taking out the trash.
Payne said her son was in disbelief since sometimes she can be a little soft on him.
“We explained to him that these chores weren’t to punish, punish, punish, but to teach him a lesson and teach him about discipline,” Payne said. “No matter if the teacher is right or wrong – always respect your teachers, respect adults.”
School was looking pretty good to Jadarien after cleaning eight gardens. As a result, he now has a plan with his teachers to make sure he stays on track and doesn’t get suspended again.