Father Forces His 10-Year-Old Daughter To Walk To School In Freezing Weather As Punishment For Being A Bully
Being a parent involves making tough decisions from time to time, and one dad is proving that he's very much up to the task.
The man, Matt Cox, was upset upon hearing that his ten-year-old daughter was suspended from riding the school bus due to bullying. This meant that he who would have to drive her to school for a week. Cox saw this as an important opportunity to teach her a lesson.
Instead of driving the girl to school, Cox made her walk five miles to get there in an attempt to discourage her bad behavior. He recorded a video of her walking to school as he drove slowly behind her then posted the clip online with the caption: "lesson learned."
In an update to the video, Cox revealed that he was positive that the young girl learned from the experience.
Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted.
Good parenting or overreaction
Many parents felt that Cox did the right thing in ensuring he put an end to his daughter's behavior.
However, there were those who felt his mode of punishment was inappropriate.
What should you do if your child is a bully?
Teaching kids how to handle bullies is pretty straightforward, but things can get dicey when it's your own child doing the bullying. Here are a few things you can do to bring a stop to it.
Have a conversation: Ensure your child knows what bullying is. In a calm but firm tone, ask them why they behaved in that particular way. Help them understand that it's okay to make a mistake but hurting someone else is very wrong. Teach them about treating people fairly by reminding them to be respectful of others.
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There should be a consequence: Your child should be held accountable for their actions. So outline a consequence for what they did and make sure you follow through. You may take away the child's phone, eliminate TV time, or keep them from going out to a social gathering.
Work with the school: Sometimes, parents need help, too, so work with the school to come up with a plan that can help your child make better decisions. Contact the teachers or school counselors to see if you can all come together and nip the situation in the bud.
When your child is a bully, the last thing you want to do is ignore the problem. It is also important to remember that kids copy a lot of their behavior from their parents. So, continue showing respect to others and live by the same code of conduct that you want your children to follow.